The Commerce Township Board of Trustees voted Tuesday, Feb. 8 to appoint former state Rep. David Law to fill the trustee position formerly held by Clerk Dan Munro.
Munro’s position was left vacant after he was appointed to former Clerk Sandra Abrams’ position. She announced her resignation in December citing personal reasons, one of which is her husband’s health.
She had been the township clerk for 13 years.
At their Jan. 11 meeting, board members accepted Munro’s resignation as a trustee and then voted to appoint him as Abrams’ replacement.
In order to fill the time remaining in Munro’s trustee term — a little less than two years — the Board of Trustees accepted letters of interest from township residents wishing to replace him as a trustee for the remainder of his unexpired term.
Daniel Klemptner, James Poppelreiter, Thomas Hughes, Rusty Rosman, Chris Hill, Peter Pace, Pamela Jackson, John Scott, Ryan Berman, and Law submitted applications and were interviewed by the board on Feb. 1.
“All 10 candidates would have been a good trustee,” said Supervisor Tom Zoner.
Munro asked each candidate the same 10 questions, while all other board members carefully evaluated and scored their answers. The board then tallied all the scores to narrow it down to the top three applicants.
However, Zoner said the final evaluations “overwhelmingly supported” Law.
“All our decisions came out primarily for one candidate. But had we chosen any one of the ten candidates, we would have had a good trustee,” he stated.
Zoner also mentioned Law has a good background that helps him as trustee. Law is a lawyer and has experience with politics as a former Republican state representative for the 39th House District, which includes Commerce, West Bloomfield, and Wolverine Lake. Law also ran to be Oakland County Prosecutor in 2008.
Law’s term as trustee will end Dec. 31, 2012. Township trustees typically serve four-year terms and receive approximately $100 per meeting.