Troy city clerk retires — will serve as city clerk in Oak Park

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published June 8, 2011


Another familiar face has left the city of Troy.

Troy City Clerk Tonni Bartholomew has accepted an early retirement incentive offered to Troy city employees as a way to cut costs. Last week, she retired from her position as city clerk that she held for the past 11 years and accepted a 32-hour position as city clerk for the city of Oak Park.

Troy Mayor Louise Schilling has said that while the early retirement incentives would cut costs, she noted that top people would be eligible.

Bartholomew follows Assistant City Manager John Lamerato, who recently retired and accepted a position as comptroller in Grosse Pointe Farms, and Parks and Recreation Manager Carol Anderson, who retired this past winter. Deputy City Clerk Barbara Pallotta also left her position this past winter to accept a position as city clerk for Independence Township, and recently promoted Recreation Director Stu Alderman retired and accepted a position as executive director of the Neighborhood Club of Grosse Pointe.

Bartholomew has worked in city government for 32 years. Before she came to Troy, she served as city clerk in Novi. Before that, she served as deputy city clerk in Oak Park and Northville.

The City Clerk’s Office provides clerical service to the City Council by preparing the agendas and recording the minutes of City Council meetings.

As official keeper of the records, the city clerk keeps and archives original minutes of all meetings of the City Council and boards and committees. Birth and death records are kept for all events occurring in the city, and certified copies are made available to those eligible to purchase them.

The City Clerk’s Office issues licenses for businesses, Christmas tree lots, amusement places and devices, taxicabs, peddlers and sidewalk sales. The City Clerk’s Office also processes the filing of all petitions, lawsuits, subpoenas, and Freedom of Information requests, as well as conducts elections in accordance with state and federal law. The city clerk administers the Oath of Office to city officials, police officers and state appointments, and provides notary services.

“This is the first step toward my retirement,” Bartholomew said. She said her lighter schedule will allow her to spend more time with her daughter Katy, 14, and puppy Teddy, as well as to read and garden more.

It was not known at press time if additional staff would be hired in the City Clerk’s Office. Deputy City Clerk Aileen Bittner will begin the position of acting city clerk July 1.