Macomb Township Clerk Kristi Pozzi, left, administers the oath of office to Kathy Smith. Smith was chosen by the board in a 5-1 vote to become trustee.

Macomb Township Clerk Kristi Pozzi, left, administers the oath of office to Kathy Smith. Smith was chosen by the board in a 5-1 vote to become trustee.

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Kathy Smith appointed as Macomb Township trustee

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published December 21, 2018




MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The open trustee position is now filled.

Five weeks after the board unanimously approved a message from former Trustee Dino Bucci to be a resignation letter, Kathy Smith was appointed trustee in a 5-1 vote.

Smith, 53, was administered the oath of office at the board’s Dec. 19 meeting. Her term will end on Nov. 20, 2020.

“I’m honored that the board has placed their confidence in me,” Smith said. “When I was appointed Macomb County clerk, I felt the same way. It’s a great privilege and I love this township and what they have done. I’m thrilled to be a part of it.”

Smith, an 18-year Macomb Township resident, has worked for Macomb County since 1984. She is finishing up her appointment as Macomb County Clerk/Register of Deeds, a position she has been in since May.

She was the only nomination brought up by the board. The lone vote against Smith came from Trustee Tim Bussineau.

“I was surprised tonight I thought we would go through a couple nominations,” Macomb Township Supervisor Janet Dunn said following the meeting.

Bussineau explained that his “no” vote had nothing to do with Smith and more to do with concerns about the process and how a consensus was developed.

On Dec. 12, a special board meeting was held to hear from 17 candidates who applied to be the township’s next trustee.

Smith, along with other trustees on the board, will make $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.

Between now and the next board meeting on Jan. 9, Smith wants to meet with everyone on the board individually to get to know them better.

“I want to do a lot of reading,” she said. “I think the township had a little hiccup there, but that’s behind us and we’re going to continue moving forward and it’s a great township.”

She believes the responsibilities of trustees are to safeguard township funds and to make sure they are spent wisely and in the best interest of the residents.

Smith said one of her top characteristics is that she is a reader.

“I don’t make any decisions unless I know it,” she said. “If I don’t know something, I’m not afraid to make a phone call and find the answer that I need. I will never make a decision willy-nilly. Everything we do here is very important and we wouldn’t have such a great township if they didn’t do that.”

What Smith hopes to accomplish as a trustee is working with the board with a mutual goal to ensure all decisions comply with laws and regulations governing Macomb Township.

Dunn said the board didn’t get together prior to the vote.

“It was everybody’s individual opinion,” she said. “There were some people that clearly wouldn’t have fit in. When you have 17 candidates, you have to weed them out somehow.”

Dunn added that she thinks board members did their homework by reading applications and resumes.

“I think she will work out fine,” she said. “The job that she did at the county really is what stood out. She took that department over and got it straightened out and got it back in business.”

For the first time in over a year, there will be a complete board. The last meeting Bucci attended was Nov. 8, 2017.

Call Staff Writer Alex Szwarc at (586) 498-1043.