Township debates, retains supervisor pay

By: 
Scott Sullivan
Phillips, now a trustee, asked why the supervisor’s compensation could not be renegotiated after the new person is in office. Helmrich, another supervisor candidate who was in the audience June 1, said it was “extremely odd this would come up after the filing deadline. Is there no job description in place?”

A split Saugatuck Township board June 1 chose to pay its supervisor $17,600 next year—a 3-percent cost-living-hike consistent with other township salaries—rather than scale back the job’s pay to $100 per diem.

Trustee Roy McIlwaine and clerk Brad Rudich, noting supervisor duties had diminished since Aaron Sheridan was named full-time township manager two years ago, said the job’s pay, in fairness to taxpayers, should reflect that.

Supervisor Bill Wester, saying his plan to retire from the job after the Nov. 8 election means possible changes will affect his successor, countered doing so would be wrongheaded.

“You would be changing after four people (Republicans Jon Phillips and Randy Brink, Democrat Jon Helmrich and independent Sean Powers) have already filed for the office,” Wester said. “That’s not fair to them.”

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