Warren City Councilman Keith Sadowski is running for the office of Warren city clerk this year. “You don’t disappear behind a desk. You still deal with the public, whether it’s something as simple as a dog license or something as important as a death certificate. You touch people’s lives in all those different ways,” Sadowski said of the job.

Warren City Councilman Keith Sadowski is running for the office of Warren city clerk this year. “You don’t disappear behind a desk. You still deal with the public, whether it’s something as simple as a dog license or something as important as a death certificate. You touch people’s lives in all those different ways,” Sadowski said of the job.

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Sadowski: ‘The clerk’s office can be an ambassador for the city’

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published September 16, 2019

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WARREN — Keith Sadowski said he enjoys interacting with the public, meeting residents, helping them and representing them.

He said that’s why he wants to run for the job of Warren’s city clerk.  

Sadowski made a bid for the Michigan House of Representatives in 2002 and fell short just a year before he was elected to his first of four terms on the Warren City Council: two at large, and two in District 2.    

“I want to thank the voters for the years they gave me on the council. It is a great job,” Sadowski said. “I like being the cheerleader for the city. I’d like to be the cheerleader for the Clerk’s Office.”

He said he eyed a run before, but was at the time satisfied not only with his job on the council, but also with the work former City Clerk Paul Wojno was doing to provide customer service, manage elections and inform the city’s voters.

Sadowski said he wants to take that to another level if elected to the office this year. He said he’d bring a list of ideas to the table.

“For one thing, fresh eyes,” he said. “A lot of times, when you’re ingrained in an office for 16 or 17 years and someone is coming in with new ideas to change things around, that’s where you see a lot of really good changes and innovation.”

He wants to bring more mobile services to Warren residents as a convenience and an outreach.

“We have a number of seniors that will have trouble getting to City Hall,” Sadowski said.

He also wants to make sure the technology is in place to file applications electronically, but he knows not everyone wants to add more tech to the mix.

“There are people who are just not comfortable with it. If you can kind of bridge that gap, give a hometown feeling to one of the largest cities in the state of Michigan, that’s great,” Sadowski said.

Tasked with providing a broad range of city services and elections management, Sadowski said the job of the clerk is still very much in touch with the public.

“You don’t disappear behind a desk. You still deal with the public, whether it’s something as simple as a dog license or something as important as a death certificate. You touch people’s lives in all those different ways,” Sadowski said. “You get involved in regard to supervising the elections, which to me is really one of the more exciting things to do. Supervising the election, I think, it’s a great honor to do that.”

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