LL looks to add office staff

Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette Lake Linden Councilwoman June Schraufnagel, second from right, is one of the applicants for a position in the village office.

LAKE LINDEN — Lake Linden will review applications for a third village office staff member. 

Former treasurer Jill DuMonthier came back on an interim basis to fill a vacancy, but would like to be phased out, Clerk Bob Poirier said. The new person would at first be used to fill in for people who are out of the office, but eventually assume the treasurer functions after DuMonthier leaves. 

The position would entail 10 to 15 hours a week, Poirier said.

Councilwoman June Schraufnagel had applied for the position. A motion to hire her for the position was not seconded after Councilman William Heide requested others be considered. 

“I don’t have any doubts that June can do the job, but in fairness to the community, we probably should (advertise it),” he said.

Poirier said he had solicited applications about a month ago, when DuMonthier returned on an interim basis. The council will review those applications, which include Schraufnagel’s.

Schraufnagel would have to resign from the council if hired. 

“If they have an interest in how the office is run, they probably shouldn’t be involved in the decision-making process,” Poirier said. 

Poirier said he had consulted the Michigan Municipal League about hiring a recent council member for the position. Councilman Jason Reese, who had served on the Lake Linden Housing Commission, said there was a mandatory one-year gap between serving on the commission and being hired by the commission. However, there are additional state and federal laws that may apply in that case, he said. 

There was no indication such a gap would be required in the village’s case, Poirier said.