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Former Township Official Says He Could Have Predicted Blackman Twp. Trouble

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(WLNS) - Blackman Township treasurer Sherry Brockie turned in a letter of resignation last week and was supposed to leave office after the township board approved a pay raise of three times what she was making.

The pay hike raised a few eyebrows and so did the resignation but the current board declined her resignation in a 3 to 2 vote.

Now many people are unsure what's to come next with the position.

Former supervisor Dan Hawkins had a feeling that Blackman Township board was headed for trouble and according to him things only got worse when he left his position.

And Hawkins adds the board was irresponsible with money long before he took office.

According to township records in 2001 Sherry Brockie filed a motion for her and others to receive cash in lieu of health insurance plans.

The board members got $3000 every year from tax payers as a result of that deal.

In 2006 that coverage was discontinued for future board members but stayed in place for current members.

In 2012 the board agreed to get rid of the cash-in lieu program but still raised the trustees salary by $3000.

Hawkins says the pay raise should have never happened and he gave the board a 22-page document on how to better balance the budget.

He says the board didn't listen and now the board must wait for Brockie's next move.

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