A Township Trustee resigns and a new treasurer will be appointed. All within the span of 48 hours. Now Blackman Township is left to fill not one, but perhaps two positions.
First Sherry Brockie and now Paula Clingerman, the Township Trustee turned in her letter of resignation yesterday afternoon. This is the second township official to resign within a month.
"The township right now is in a lot of uproar and turmoil and a lot of it is caused because of how she voted," said Ray Snell, resident.
Back in March, Clingerman along with trustee Mark Singer, Trustee Betty Brockie and then Treasurer at the time Sherry Brockie voted to double and quadruple some of the board members salaries.
And for some residents like Snell, that didn't sit very well.
"It was an underhanded deal," said Snell. "It was done under the clock of secrecy and that's now the way townships should run."
According to her letter, Clingerman said she was leaving her position because she "finds the attitude and actions of the present board to be too fragmented and too volatile for her to continue."
"I was surprised because she maintained that she was not going to step down," said Township Supervisor Pete Jancek.
Jancek believes it was a combination of public pressure and outrage over decisions within the board that made her resign.
The meeting going on tonight will only appoint a new treasurer, not discuss Clingerman's letter of resignation. The board still has to accept the letter before the position officially becomes vacant.
Clingerman declined to provide comment on this story.
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