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Historic commission chair resigns

November 10, 2010 - Charlotte Cooper resigned her post as chair of Clarkston Historic District Commission.

Cooper, commission chair, spends more than 11 months of the year in her Clarkston home, but is registered to vote as a resident in Florida, said Clarkston City Manager Dennis Ritter.

According to Clarkston ordinances, commission members must be city residents. The city learned of Cooper's residency in September. City attorney notified her of the finding, and she was given time to consider changing her residency to Michigan, Ritter said.

"She decided not to change residency, at which time she was told her resignation would be proper," he said.

She provided her resignation to the city, Oct. 8, and planned to present it to the historic commission at its Oct. 9 meeting.

Cooper was appointed to the commission last December. Normal procedure has not been to check residency of those appointed to commissions, Ritter said.

Cooper did not return a call for comment.

– Phil Custodio

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