Oakland Township board chooses new manager

By: Linda Shepard | Rochester Post | Published May 8, 2019


OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — The township Board of Trustees has chosen a candidate with extensive history as a police chief as the new Oakland Township manager.

Adam Kline is presently the police chief in Lansing Township and previously served as the police chief in White Lake Township.

Dale Stuart had been township manager since October 2015, managing the day-to-day operations of the township and overseeing the various departments that serve 16,000 Oakland Township residents. Stuart retired this spring.

The township is governed by a seven-member elected Board of Trustees, but an appointed township manager runs the day-to-day operations.

By a 6-1 vote April 23, the Oakland Township Board of Trustees made an offer of employment to Kline for the position and authorized negotiating the terms of a three-year written agreement, with a salary of $95,000 per year. The final agreement will come before the board for final approval at a date yet to be determined.

“I feel Mr. Kline’s résumé shows he has extensive experience in the areas I feel are important,” Oakland Township Treasurer Jeanne Langlois said. “I think he would be a nice fit.”

Trustee Frank Ferriolo voted against approval, stating that he believes Kline’s background “fell short” in experience for the job.

Trustee John Giannangeli disagreed.

“I believe (Kline) has the attributes we are looking for in a manager,” Giannangeli said. “I feel that is more important than experience.”

“I believe I can be of service,” Kline said at an April 8 second interview before the Board of Trustees. “I saw the (notice) and thought, ‘Here is a place I think I can help.’ I thought, ‘I fit the criteria they are looking for.’ I’ve been in the service industry for my entire life.”

Oakland Township was one of the original 25 townships in the territory of Michigan when counties were further divided into townships in 1827. The township is 36 square miles, and it includes a 1,100-acre park system and a large portion of the state’s first rail-to-trail project, the Paint Creek Trail.

The Oakland Township Board of Trustees meets at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at Oakland Township Hall, located at 4393 Collins Road.