Peninsula Township Clerk Monica Hoffman has resigned, effective Sept. 8, 2016. Incoming clerk Joanne Westphal will take over the role on Sept. 9. After winning the August 2 primary, Westphal was set to step into the position in November.
Hoffman submitted a short resignation letter on August 9, 2016, noting, “I cannot make myself physically sick over working for Peninsula Township.”
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Hoffman was first appointed as Clerk on Sept. 1, 2000. She was elected in November of 2000, and re-elected in November of 2004, 2008 and 2012. She has worked for Peninsula Township since 1992, and has been a resident of the Township since the mid-1980’s.
At the recent joint meeting of the TCAPS Board and Township Board concerning the Old Mission Peninsula School, Lee Hornberger, made a statement in the citizen comments time, noting that he’s been on the Grand Traverse Board of Election Canvassers for the past eight years and has worked closely with the township clerks and township elections.
“When it comes to elections, Monica Hoffman has always done an outstanding job,” said Hornberger. “I always worked with Monica, and she did a good job and I will miss her..”
Hoffman received a round of applause from the audience for her many years as Peninsula Township Clerk. Old Mission Gazette wishes her well in the future.
Along with the incoming Peninsula Township Treasurer and Trustees, other changes that have occurred in the leadership of Peninsula Township include the death of supervisor Pete Correia, the appointment of incoming supervisor Rob Manigold, and the resignation of Director of Planning & Zoning Michelle Reardon.
Here’s the transcript of Hoffman’s resignation letter:
August 9, 2016
Dear Fellow Board Members,
I cannot make myself physically sick over working for Peninsula Township. My last day as Peninsula Township Clerk will be September 8, 2016.
Monica A. Hoffman
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