Several staff changes have recently taken place at Peninsula Township, including:
Deputy Clerk – Ellen Palmer has been hired as the new deputy clerk, effective Nov. 28. Ellen comes from the Washington, D.C. area with her husband, a retired IT specialist with the Federal government. Her family vacationed in the Traverse City area for many years before settling here after retirement. Ellen can be reached at (231) 223-7322. Stop by and say “hi” to Ellen.
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Assistant to the Township Supervisor and Planner – Christina Dureen has been hired as a new assistant to the Supervisor and Planner, effective Dec. 28. Christina is from the Traverse City area, but she has been working in the counties surrounding St. Ignace and Cedarville. Christina is an Assessor 2; her work will involve Special Assessment District fact-finding, matters concerning sewer and water infrastructure, public amenities projects, land use permits, variance and appeals processing, site inspections and ordinance enforcement.
Planner – Five applicants for the position of Planning Director were received by the Dec. 1 deadline. The Personnel Committee, which includes treasurer Brad Bickle, clerk Joanne Westphal and supervisor Rob Manigold, along with senior staff, planner Gordon Hayward and assessor Sally Akerley, reviewed the applications. The Town Board has received copies of the applications and been asked to provide input to the candidates. It is expected that two candidates will be interviewed for the position.
A NOTE FROM JANE: I started Old Mission Gazette in 2015 because I felt a calling to provide the Old Mission Peninsula community with local news. After decades of writing for newspapers like the New York Times and Los Angeles Times, and magazines like Family Circle and Ladies' Home Journal, I really just wanted to write about my own community where I grew up on a cherry farm and raised my own family. So of course, I started my own newspaper. Because the Gazette is mainly reader-supported, I hope you'll consider tossing a few bucks my way if I mention your event, your business, your organization or your news item, or if you simply love reading about what's happening on the Old Mission Peninsula. Check out the donation page here. Thank you so much for your support. -jb