New township clerk appointed

By: Thomas Franz | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published June 29, 2016

 New Macomb Township Clerk Edward Carey is sworn in during the June 22 Macomb Township Board of Trustees meeting.

New Macomb Township Clerk Edward Carey is sworn in during the June 22 Macomb Township Board of Trustees meeting.

Photo by Thomas Franz

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A new township clerk and deputy clerk were appointed during the Macomb Township Board of Trustees meeting June 22.

The vacancies were created by the recent retirement of former Clerk Michael Koehs, and his deputy clerk, Jim Gelios.

Edward Carey, a 14-year veteran of the Macomb Township Clerk’s Office, was appointed by the board to become the new clerk.

“I’m merely going to keep this seat warm for the next clerk who will be elected in the next few months by the people of this township,” Carey said during the meeting.

Carey has worked in the Macomb Township Clerk’s office since 2002 as a member of its elections division. Previously, he worked for two years in the Macomb County Clerk’s Office in the elections division, and he also spent 29 years in the Wayne County Clerk’s Office for elections.

Carey grew up in Detroit, and his father was a Detroit city councilman. He attended Notre Dame High School and Wayne State University prior to a stint with the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War, but he didn’t serve in combat.

Carey has been living in Macomb Township since 2004.

“I would like to thank the board for their support. I appreciate their confidence placed in me, and I hope I can fulfill your expectations,” Carey said shortly after accepting the board’s appointment. “I would also like to thank Mr. Koehs, my predecessor, for the opportunity he gave me, bringing me on board nearly 14 years ago. I frequently sought his valued opinion and good counsel over the years.”

Carey appointed another veteran of elections in Mickey Todd as his deputy clerk. Todd is currently on the ballot for the township clerk position in the upcoming election.

Todd became the city clerk in Roseville at the age of 23 in 1981. He then moved on to Harper Woods, where he began a nearly 30-year run as city clerk starting in 1984.

Todd began working in Macomb Township as an elections coordinator four and a half years ago, and moved into the township two years ago.

“Ed (Carey) and I go way back, and he urged me to come and work, so I did. I wanted to do something; I didn’t want to retire because I was too young,” said Todd, who is 58.

Todd is a certified municipal clerk and has served on a statewide committee that developed the qualified voter file that is used across Michigan. He has also served as an international elections monitor.

“Community service is just something I’ve always done. There was a void to be filled, I have the skill set, and people in the office urged me, and a lot of the people on the township staff encouraged me, because it wasn’t by design to come out here and run,” Todd said. “I know the job very well as a certified municipal clerk. I’ve been doing this my whole life — public service is in my DNA.”

Todd, a Republican, will be opposed by fellow Republican candidates for township clerk, Charles Missig and Kristi Pozzi, in the Aug. 2 local primary election. Carey’s term as clerk expires Nov. 20 of this year.

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