Plymouth Township's new treasurer won't have to move far — four seats to his left, to be exact.
Longtime board of trustees member Bob Doroshewitz was voted in unanimously by his colleagues (trustee Audrey Monaghan was absent) to serve the remainder of Mark Clinton's four-year term that expires at the end of 2024.
Clinton presented a letter of resignation to the board at the April 26 meeting, citing health issues he has endured since an undisclosed October 2021 episode.
Doroshewitz, whose township website biography lists his occupation as information technology and telecom executive for 35-plus years, will assume full-time treasurer's duties on May 10, the date Clinton listed on his letter of resignation.
Doroshewitz has served as a trustee since 2004 and as a member of the township's planning commission since 2016.
"I am very grateful," Doroshewitz said following the vote. "After I explained the treasurer's role to my family, my daughter said, 'Dad, you know don't you that the tax collectors were the most hated people in the Bible?' To which my son added, 'That job doesn't seem like it's that hard.' Lots of love."
Doroshewitz's fellow trustees and members of the audience laughed loudly at his dinner table tale.
Resignation sparked by medical emergency
Clinton, who has served as the township's treasurer since 2016, has attended official board meetings sporadically since suffering a medical emergency six months earlier.
After earning bachelor of science and master of business administration degrees from the University of Michigan, Clinton served high-level roles at Cisco, Lason, Thomson Reuters and Accenture.
Clinton was drafted as a pitcher by the Houston Astros in 1981, but played only one season in the Astros' minor league system, finishing with a 3-4 record, one save, and a 2.89 earned run average.
The abbreviated search for Clinton's successor generated questions from trustee Chuck Curmi and township resident Steve Birmingham.
"Was anything posted about the position?" Curmi asked Clerk Jerry Vorva.
"It's been known there was an opening," Vorva answered. "It was posted on the agenda and announced last week when (Clinton) resigned."
"On short notice," Curmi added. The township board approved Doroshewitz's appointment to the full-time job with a $105,505 salary just one week after the resignation letter was submitted.
Supervisor Kurt Heise noted Clinton stated in his resignation letter that there was an urgent need to fill the position so someone was in place to oversee the fast-approaching summer tax rolls.
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Birmingham said he was disappointed in the process that was used to replace Clinton.
"Seven years ago I was here when an interview was used on this floor to fill the position of supervisor," Birmingham said. "It struck me as odd that a position that is supposed to be an elected position was decided at a meeting like this.
"I understand you're in a position where you need to hurry, but I think more exploration of a solution should have been used. I feel this was a rushed process ... and I'm not a fan of how this played out tonight."
The board of trustees also voted 4-1 to approve a $25,000 salary adjustment for deputy supervisor Amy Hammye, whose workload increased significantly following Clinton's medical emergency, Heise explained. Curmi cast the lone no vote on the salary adjustment proposal.
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