Fort Gratiot Charter Township Seeking Nominees

It was with great hesitation and consideration that Fort Gratiot Township Supervisor Jorja Baldwin stated that the township is seeking nominees for the position of Treasurer.  Due to the death of the elected Treasurer, Judi Reynolds, the Fort Gratiot Board of Trustees has the responsibility to appoint a person to fill the remaining term of office, which ends at 12:00 PM on November 20, 2020.  As required by law, the Board must make an appointment and the appointee must take the Oath of Office on or before January 20, 2019.  Baldwin stated, in respect for the family, the township has held off posting the position, but they now, must follow the legal steps to fill the position. Those interested in being considered for the appointment should submit a cover letter and resume addressed to Robert C. Crawford, Fort Gratiot Township Clerk and submitted at the Fort Gratiot Municipal Center 3720 Keewahdin Road, Fort Gratiot or by email to by 4:30 PM on Thursday, December 27, 2018. Letters of recommendation and any other documentation may also be submitted with the cover letter and resume. As required by law, any interviews will be conducted during an open meeting of the Board of Trustees.  The Treasurer’s office is responsible for the collection of taxes, utility bills, permit fees, and any other fees or payments owed to the Township, preparation of tax bills, property liens, bankruptcy filings and implementing Board of Review and Tax Tribunal changes. The Treasurer is also responsible for depositing, investing, and transferring funds to cover payments, reconciling and balancing bank statements, distributing the collected funds from tax bills to all individual entities, assisting in generating yearly budgets, twice monthly providing a complete financial report on all Township funds to the Board of Trustees and filing revenue sharing reports and ensuring compliance with all Michigan Department of Treasury laws and policies. The office must be staffed the entire time the municipal office is open, and on the last day to pay taxes without penalty, the Treasurer’s Office is open extended hours. Additionally, the Treasurer is a voting member of the Board of Trustees, which is made up of the Supervisor, Treasurer, Clerk and four Trustees. The Board meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM. The annual salary for 2019 is set at $48,699.00, paid in bi-weekly installments.  The position is considered full time and includes healthcare, life insurance and 401 defined contribution retirement benefits.  A nominee must be a Fort Gratiot Township elector. An elector is defined as someone 18 years of age, who is a U. S. citizen and has lived at least 30 days in the Township. Property ownership is not required.  Candidates with municipal, financial, public or private accounting experience are encouraged to apply.  Log on to the Township’s website for more information on the position.