Source: Sherman Publications

Fix Wagner loophole

October 05, 2011

Independence Township Supervisor Dave Wagner’s illness presents a new problem for the township, calling for a new solution.

As reported on Page 1, “Wagner won’t go,” he refuses to step down despite being out of the office since April. He doesn't expect to return to work until next year.

Township residents pay for and deserve a fully-functional supervisor. State law lists several conditions for a vacated office, none of which apply specifically to this situation. The closest is “refusal or neglect to take and subscribe to the oath” of office.

Independence Township should create another, so this doesn’t happen again. If a public official can’t perform his or her duties for any reason for such a long period, he or she should step down or be removed.

Put it in writing.