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Kent County Special Assistant Prosecutor Dan Helmer, left, presents a copy of the city of Greenville’s handbook on policies and procedures to attorney Curt Benson, center, during a preliminary examination for a felony healthcare fraud charge against Greenville Department of Public Safety Director Mark Reiss, right. — Daily News/Cory Smith

IN BRIEF: Greenville police chief headed to trial for health care fraud

An anonymous tip to a health insurance company, recorded conversations between the Greenville city manager and the Greenville police chief and the reluctant testimony of an ex-boyfriend were revealed during an intriguing court hearing today.

A health care fraud case against Greenville Department of Public Safety Director Mark Reiss was bound over for trial today by 64B District Court Judge Donald Hemmingsen.

Montcalm Conservation District Executive Director Judy Cloer and conservation district board members Steve Wyckoff and Jed Welder share their thoughts after Thursday’s Montcalm County millage meeting. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County millage proposal inches forward

Supporters of a Montcalm County millage to fund local services have been receiving unpleasant but understandable feedback when presenting the proposal to residents.

“The initial reaction I get is, ‘Hell no,’” said Jed Welder, a Montcalm Conservation District board member and Greenville farmer. “The atmosphere with the county is so poisoned right now. But after you break through that there’s a little more willingness.”

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How Greenville health care fraud case came together

Police notes from a fraud investigation into the director of the Greenville Department of Public Safety and his ex-wife offer a revealing look at how the case came together — including false claims of being married after a divorce; the question of who is responsible for removing a beneficiary from a health insurance plan; and the usefulness of a Daily News article.

Montcalm County Information Technology Director Eric McLaughlin explains how the county’s computer server operates from the basement of the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office in Stanton. McLaughlin recently solicited multiple bids for county computer upgrades and decided on a $54,998 bid from Dell OEM of Grand Rapids for a PowerEdge VRTX Modular Infrastructure, which he says typically retails for $120,000.— Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County upgrades computer system for $55,000

Montcalm County is catching up with the technological times.

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners on Jan. 23 approved spending up to $60,000 for a server and storage project at the recommendation of Information Technology Director Eric McLaughlin.

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Lt. Gov. Calley announces accountable, transparent government initiative

As technology continues to make instantly available information the norm — and the demand — this state’s lieutenant governor is looking to streamline that process for Michigan residents.

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley announced an initiative to make improvements to state accountability and transparency during Friday’s Michigan Press Association luncheon.

John Axe, an attorney with Clark Hill PLC in Detroit, hands out copies of a resolution to the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners on Monday evening authorizing Clark Hill to complete an investigation and make recommendations to the board related to the pursuit of legal claims and filing of a complaint regarding the county’s former auditor Abraham & Gaffney. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County hires law firm to investigate former auditor

Montcalm County has hired a law firm to investigate and possibly bring a civil lawsuit against the county’s former auditor.
The resolution was approved during a regular meeting at 6 p.m. after commissioners met in closed session with Clark Hill attorney John Axe during a prior special meeting for nearly an hour.

Montcalm County Clerk Kristen Millard asks the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners on Monday evening to approve a $7,000 stipend for her work in programming county elections. Millard says the work is not part of a county clerk’s statutory job description, but some county commissioners disagree. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County to ask Attorney General for election programming opinion

Montcalm County Clerk Kristen Millard is confident that programming county elections are not part of her statutory job description.

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners isn’t so sure.

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IN BRIEF: Montcalm County hires law firm to investigate auditor

Montcalm County has hired a law firm to investigate and possibly bring a civil lawsuit against the county’s former auditor.

Howard City Village Manager Randy Heckman presided over a special meeting Wednesday as the Village Council begins searching for a new manager after Heckman announced he was resigning last Monday. Also pictured at left is Village Clerk-Treasurer Melissa Kuzmik. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Howard City to seek full-time village manager

This village may soon have a full-time manager again for the first time in six years. The Howard City Village Council during a special 24-minute meeting Wednesday night unanimously agreed to advertise for a full-time village manager after current Village Manager Randy Heckman announced his resignation Monday due to overwhelming stress in balancing that job with his other businesses — Heckman Funeral Home and Heckman Lawn Care & Snowplowing. He is also fire chief of the Howard City Fire Department.

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Montcalm County to renew equalization contact with Kent County

Montcalm County will likely continue to contract with Kent County for equalization services for at least another year. The Montcalm County Finance & Personnel Committee on Jan. 9 recommended the full Board of Commissioners approve extending a contract with the Kent County Equalization Department for another year.