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 On April 22, the Macomb Township Board of Trustees extended the township state of emergency for an additional 30 days. It was also announced that a lawsuit was filed against the township by Tom Esordi, former township general counsel and human resources director.

On April 22, the Macomb Township Board of Trustees extended the township state of emergency for an additional 30 days. It was also announced that a lawsuit was filed against the township by Tom Esordi, former township general counsel and human resources director.

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State of emergency extended in Macomb Township

Hearing scheduled in case of terminated employee

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published April 23, 2020

Amidst the COVID-19 situation, Macomb Township business carried on at a recent board meeting. 

A request from the supervisor’s office was to extend the township state of emergency for an additional 30 days, effective April 26. 

At the April 22 Board of Trustees meeting, the board agreed to extend the declaration in a 5-2 vote. Trustees Tim Bussineau and Nancy Nevers voted “no.”  

The township has been operating under a 30 day state of emergency due to COVID-19, which was approved by the board on March 27. That order is set to expire April 26.

“I am recommending another 30 day extension of the declaration in order to

ensure our first responders have access to the necessary equipment and

supplies that they need to respond to this current COVID-19 pandemic,” Macomb Township Supervisor Janet Dunn said. 

In March, a message about the initial declaration stated, “The response and recovery elements of the township's emergency operations plan have been activated, and that township resources are being utilized to the fullest extent possible.”

Bussineau, who suggested the declaration only be extended by 14 days until the board’s next meeting, said he reached out to county officials and it was communicated to him that first responders don’t have to worry that should the board not have extended the state of emergency, that they wouldn’t get required equipment from the county.  

During general counsel update, it was announced by Greg Meihn, who is serving as the township's legal adviser, that a lawsuit was filed by former township general counsel and human resources director Tom Esordi. 

The lawsuit was filed April 21 in Macomb County Circuit Court against Macomb Township, Dunn, and Clerk Kristi Pozzi.

In the lawsuit, Esordi alleges that around October 2019, Dunn informed Esordi that she had received money from former trustee Dino Bucci. Bucci was indicted on 18 charges in 2017 and is accused of three counts of bribery conspiracy; nine counts of bribery and embezzlement; and six counts of extortion, mail fraud and money laundering.

Bucci’s next scheduled federal court date is May 28 for a plea hearing.  

“These are serious allegations and something that the board, at some point in time should take up on how it wishes to proceed,” Meihn said. 

It’s also alleged that Pozzi used her knowledge of Dunn’s receipt of money from Bucci to coerce and force Dunn to agree to certain matters, and/or cast certain votes against her will. 

Pozzi at the meeting denied any claims of wrongdoing. 

“I voted just cause exists to remove Esordi, subject to a Loudermill hearing, because of the evidence of the evaluations of people he worked with, and his inability to work with the board as a whole,” Pozzi said.

She went on to say that Esordi’s claims are based on lies, speculations and many untruths. 

On Feb. 19, the board determined in a 4-2 vote that appropriate discipline would be to terminate Esordi. At that time, it was reported that a Loudermill hearing will take place. The hearing is part of due process, where Esordi may present his side of the story.

“The claims are filled with inaccuracies, lies and distortions of the truth,” Dunn said. “During my time in office, the votes and decisions I made were mine and mine alone. I look forward to having my day in court with regard to these claims and ultimately the truth will come out.”

Esordi was placed on administrative leave the week of Jan. 20, the same time in which he sent a confidential memorandum to the township board stating that while he was employed with Macomb Township, he became aware of “nonconfidential information relating to a possible crime or crimes involving a current board member or members.”

Esordi indicated that he reported the information to federal authorities.

The board decided the Loudermill hearing will be held at 6 p.m.  April 29.