L’Anse Township gets new supervisor

Trustee Pete Magaraggia appointed to position

Vanessa Dietz/Daily Mining Gazette Pictured from the left at Wednesday's meeting are L'Anse Township Clerk Brian Jentoft, Supervisor Pete Magaraggia, Trustee Shelley Lloyd and Treasurer Kristine Rice.

L’ANSE — L’Anse Township has a new supervisor.

The Township Board appointed Trustee Pete Magaraggia to the position Wednesday, after accepting with regret the resignation of P.J. LeClaire.

“Very good guy,” Magaraggia said. “I just wish him health right now.”

Fighting a recurrent cancer, LeClaire stepped down, effective June 30, to concentrate on his health battle.

Magaraggia will have the option of running for supervisor in 2018 and 2020.

“It’s going to be an adjustment, no matter what,” Magaraggia said, before being nominated by Trustee Shelley Lloyd.

Lloyd declined interest in assuming the duty during a discussion about potential candidates and the requirements of the Michigan Townships Association regarding filling vacancies.

“I’ve got a lot of learning to do,” Magaraggia said.

Magaraggia will resign his trustee position Thursday. The township will seek candidates to submit letters of interest to fill the vacant trustee seat by advertising in the L’Anse Sentinel.

“We work together,” said Clerk Brian Jentoft. “We sink or swim together.”

The Baraga County Chapter of the Michigan Townships Association will meet at 6 p.m. Sept. 18 at the L’Anse Town Hall.

The next regular meeting of the township board will be at 2 p.m. Aug. 9 at the town hall.