Laketown clerk resigns to be township community development director

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PNT LAKETOWN. — Laketown Township Clerk Michelle Sall is stepping down from her elected position, but will continue to serve the community in a new role.

Sall’s resignation, effective Aug. 14, was accepted by the township council at a meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 10. Starting Monday, she will be Laketown Townships’ first full-time community development director.

Elected officials cannot be employees of the municipality in which they are elected, meaning Sall had to resign before starting his new role.

Sall, who previously served on the Parks and Recreation Commission, was first named clerk in 2019 following the resignation of Wendy Van Huis. She was then elected for a four-year term in 2020.

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“I have enjoyed serving on the board and being part of the many accomplishments of our great community,” Sall wrote in his resignation letter.

She thanked the board members, director and staff for their hard work and commitment.

“I especially want to thank Deputy Clerk Jenifer French for her exemplary knowledge, patience and support of the electoral process and her camaraderie within the office,” she added.

Michelle Hall

As Community Development Coordinator, Sall will focus on planning, zoning and permits. She will also staff planning commissions and zoning appeal board meetings and work on zoning environment and economic development throughout the township.

Township Treasurer Gary Dewey and Supervisor Linda Howell both thanked Sall for his work as clerk during Wednesday’s meeting.

“Michelle will do a very capable job for us, as she has done in the past as a clerk and with the parks,” Dewey said. “Thank you for your service.”

“As a clerk, you did an amazing job,” Howell said. “It’s hard work, very meticulous work. As a voter of the commune, thank you. You are going to be a very difficult act to follow.

The township is accepting applications for the position of clerk until August 22. A new clerk must be appointed within 45 days of Sall’s resignation date, which would be September 28. The appointed clerk will serve until November 2024, completing Sall’s elected term.

Laketown Town Hall

Duties of the clerk include custody of all records, maintenance of the township ordinance book, recruitment and supervision of election workers, conduct of elections, preparation of financial statements, duty of cemetery sexton and management from the cemetery.

The Clerk is also one of five members of the Laketown Township Board of Directors.

Interested persons may submit a resume and letter of interest to Howell at the township office, 4338 Beeline Road, by August 22.

— Contact journalist Mitchell Boatman at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @SentinelMitch.

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