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Keiser's Role
Keiserís Role A column by Trevor Keiser

by Trevor Keiser

February 23, 2011

I came into work last Thursday angry and furious that after a regular board meeting and two special meetings Independence Township board still had not appointed a new clerk and now (Thursday night) we were having yet another special meeting.

However, I left Thursday's meeting no longer angry, but completely dismayed because I had just witnessed the worst township board meeting to date.

Not only did they not make a decision and board members infighting was at all time low, but it was also let out Treasurer Curt Carson in attempted to break the "deadlock" between the candidates Joan McCrary, Barbra Pallotta, & Joan Patterson in a manner that is questionable.

Carson, who believes McCrary to be the best candidate for clerk, asked her if she were made clerk would she consider bringing Patterson on board to be deputy clerk. McCrary thought it sounded like a good idea, so the two met with Patterson and discussed the issue.

Patterson stood before the township board Thursday night to disclose the meeting had happened and that after thought and consideration she was not accepting the offer. She was "shocked" such an offer would be made.

I applaud Mrs. Patterson to do the right thing and come forward.

Both Carson and McCrary don't see anything wrong with the proposal. Well, I don't care any way you look at it. It stinks and it does come off as a "backroom deal,"

Even if to make such an offer is not illegal, there is a question to ethical and moral integrity of it, which to me far outweighs legal law.

I heard Mrs. McCrary say to one of the residents during a break in one of the meetings, "The other two just aren't qualified for the job... I am qualified and I am the best choice for the position." Well, I am sorry Mrs. McCrary, while I do believe your 16 years of does speak for itself, and that y ou would do a fine job. I do think the other two candidates ARE qualified to do the job. Do each of them have some learning curves? Of course, but are they qualified and capable? You betcha. If they weren't they wouldn't be in the top three.

Another special meeting to appoint clerk was held Tuesday, check to see update.