At the special Board of Trustees meeting Dec. 12, candidates had three minutes to address the board, discussing why they should be the next township trustee.

At the special Board of Trustees meeting Dec. 12, candidates had three minutes to address the board, discussing why they should be the next township trustee.

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Candidates tell board why they should be the next Macomb Township trustee

Board to appoint a candidate on Dec. 19

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published December 18, 2018


MACOMB TOWNSHIP — On Dec. 12, a special Board of Trustees meeting was held to hear from 17 candidates who applied to be the township’s next trustee.

Candidates for the open trustee position had the chance to tell the Board of Trustees why they should be appointed.

The seat opened up in November when the board unanimously approved a message from Trustee Dino Bucci to be a resignation letter.

Candidates spoke in the order their applications were received – Christopher Dowell, Ernest Laing, Eric Herppich, Kristy Ostrander-Gunnell, Kathy Smith, Aaron Tuckfield, Charles Missig, Tom Sokol, David Simpson, Raymond Gierach, Richard Maierle, Linda Clor, Michael O’Lear, Frank Viviano, James Burke, Mark Grabow and Peter Lucido.

Here is a brief rundown of information from candidate applications.

Dowell is currently a senior managing director for Newmark Knight Frank, one of the largest real estate advisory firms in the U.S. Laing was a recruiting and training officer in the 5th Green Beret unit of the Army’s 19th Special Forces. Herppich worked for Macomb County for almost 27 years in human resources and labor relations. Ostrander-Gunnell formerly worked at General Motors Acceptance Corporation in accounts payable and accounts receivable. Smith has been the Macomb County Clerk since May. Tuckfield has served on the Macomb Township planning commission and zoning board of appeals.

Missig is retired from the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office where he worked for 31 years. Sokol is the owner and president of his own insurance agency in Macomb Township. Simpson recently served as Mayor Pro-Tem in Marine City for over a year. Gierach is a retired social studies teacher at Lutheran High North, where he taught for over 30 years. Maierle is a captain at the Clinton Township Police Department, where he’s worked for 38 years. Clor has a master’s degree from Wayne State University and is a small business owner.

O’Lear is retired from Center Line Public Schools after 35 years as a maintenance leader. Viviano currently works as the Chief Operating Officer of Holsbeke Construction. Burke has been employed by the Harper Woods Department of Public Safety for 26 years. Grabow served from 2008 to 2012 as Macomb Township Supervisor. Lucido has worked as a licensed insurance agent for 18 years.

A candidate will be appointed at the board’s next meeting on Dec.19. Whoever is appointed, their term will end in November 2020.

A trustee’s salary is $9,000 a year with $200 in wages per attended meeting. Benefits include a flexible spending account, social security and a defined contribution pension plan.

To view the applications and resumes of all of the candidates, visit To hear what the candidates had to say at the special meeting, visit the township’s YouTube page at