2018-08-09 / News

Thomas Township board increase election wage, promotes deputy clerk

By Mandilee Hecht

During the Monday, Aug. 6 meeting of the Thomas Township board, consent agenda approved items included the increase of daily wages of election workers and chairpersons, the promotion of deputy clerk Darci Seamon from probationary to fulltime status, the accepted resignation of Bill Martin from the Downtown Development (DDA) and the appointment of Mike Wenglikowski to fill that vacancy.

The increase of election workers’ daily wage went from $120 per day to $165 per day and election chairpersons from $150 to $195, with training remaining at $15 per training.

Township clerk Ed Brosofski said he would like to see these changes effective with the Aug. 7 election. After review of the current budget this increase would put it over budget by $3,385 which may cause necessary budget amendments by the end of the fiscal year, he said.

It was noted it had been 10 years since the election inspector’s daily wage had been adjusted.

In that time the township has taken over school elections and also implemented changes such as new procedures, added more training hours and adding new equipment.

He also noted in his request to the board that a wage study of Saginaw County election workers, completed in January of this year, found that the average inspector wage in the county was $133.50 per day and $189 daily for the average chairperson wage.

The board approved the agenda items.

Also approved during the Monday meeting was the promotion of deputy clerk Darci Seamon from probationary, to full-time status. She is employed as the assistant to the manager and deputy clerk. A statement submitted to the board by township manager Russ Taylor said she has assumed her job responsibilities admirably.

“She does her work very professionally and conscientiously. She has been forced to quickly learn and become trained in passport administration and elections,” he said in the statement.

“I have been very pleased with her job performance in the first six months as I knew that I would.” The board approved Seamon’s promotion.

The township board also accepted the resignation of Bill Martin from the Downtown Development Authority (DDA). Martin has been on the DDA board since its origination and was the owner of Martin Chevrolet. It was noted that he recently sold his business to Garber Chevrolet and moved to Traverse City, therefore submitted his resignation to the board.

That resignation caused a vacancy on the nine-member DDA board. Township supervisor Bob Weisse recommended the appointment of Wenglikowski in order to fill it.

Weise also noted that Wenglikowski had indicated an interest in serving in that capacity and previously agreed to accept the appointment.

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