2012-08-16 / Front Page

Board seeks to fill spot

Emergency manager resigns, issue looms

MANISTIQUE – The Schoolcraft County Board of Commissioners has accepted the resignation of the county’s emergency management coordinator. The resignation came days after the commission’s July 26 meeting, when the board revealed that an invoicing issue regarding the position would be sent to the Schoolcraft County prosecuting attorney for review.

“We have received notice of a resignation,” said Chairperson Dan LaFoille, during the Aug. 9 meeting of the board.

According to LaFoille, the resignation of Robert Madden as the county’s emergency management coordinator was dated Aug. 1. Madden also serves as the county’s undersheriff.

The invoice issue relates to mileage reimbursement for travel to emergency management meetings. Commissioner Al Grimm previously explained that there had been some question as to whether Madden’s personal vehicle or the county van had been used for the travel. If Madden had used the county van, he wouldn’t be reimbursed for mileage, Grimm added.

The board unanimously accepted the resignation. While Commissioner Craig Reiter volunteered to fill the position until the end of the year, free of charge, the board opted instead to advertise for the position.

“I think that’s admirable, but I feel better with experienced law enforcement personnel or emergency personnel,” said Commissioner Jerry Zellar. “This is something I don’t think we should let go for months and months and months.”

The board agreed to accept applications for the position until 4 p.m. on Aug. 30, and then vote to fill the position at their board meeting later that evening. They also agreed to allow Reiter to attend any meetings occurring in the interim.

In other business, the commissioners also voted to send out letters to all county departments informing them that a spending freeze is now in place. According to Zellar, the freeze is standard for this time of the year – near the fiscal year’s end – and anything not budgeted would be affected.

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