Lansing Community College and International Institute of Municipal Clerks accreditation program through MSU.
Wife Kara and kids Emma and Jared.
Certified Municipal Clerk,
Past President Michigan Association of Municipal Clerks,
Past Delhi Township Trustee,
Past Delhi Township Planning Commissioner
Delhi Township Clerk since 1998.
I am a Certified Municipal Clerk – the first Clerk ever to earn that certification in Delhi Township. I have 18 years experience running elections, administering voter registration and managing Township records. I created the Township web site, one of the first municipal web sites in the mid-Michigan area to keep residents informed and promote transparency.
At the state or county level, maybe. At the Township level, no. Since Township’s do not have jurisdiction over roads I would not support a local millage for roads. Serious reform is needed by the State Legislature on road funding in Michigan.
Yes. Local government is the most accessible form of government. It’s often the only place people feel they have a voice.
State revenue sharing needs to be restored. Since 2002, Delhi Township has lost $6.5 million in state revenue sharing. Municipalities in Michigan have been hit harder than any other state in regard to lost revenue from the state. The system must be fixed by the State Legislature to once again properly fund local services.
1. We currently have a strong fund balance and survived the recession better than most. We did this by adopting a policy to maintain a healthy fund balance and aren’t plagued by legacy costs that many municipalities are now facing. I will advocate continuing this policy.
2. Continuing the level of services that residents expect while losing millions of dollars of revenue sharing will continue to be difficult. Public Safety will always be my first priority.
3. Strengthening public engagement and transparency has always been an issue I’ve worked hard to improve at the local level. I will continue to make this a priority.
Yes and No. Unfortunately the county has also been hit hard with losses in revenue sharing from the state. So they can’t just pick up services that were once performed by local municipalities. In Delhi Township we’ve collaborated with other municipalities and the County to provide services at a lower cost. For example, we contract with the County for police services and this has proved to be less expensive than having our own Township police. Where the County is already providing services, it makes sense for municipalities to look at collaboration and regionalization rather than duplicate those services.
Public safety (i.e. police, fire and EMS), Parks and Recreation, code enforcement.
We've changed services like the brush drop off to lower expenses by working with service clubs and volunteers. We've obtained grants to help provide other services like trails and park improvements. During the recession we froze employee wages.