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Township deputy clerk seeks move up

CHASSELL TOWNSHIP – Chassell Township’s current deputy clerk is looking to fill the top spot.

Lynn Gierke is running for the clerk position. She would replace June Michaelson, who is not running for another term.

Gierke has been working as deputy clerk for three years. She has also worked as an election worker for the township for four years.

“I’ve been working with (current clerk) June (Michaelson) and getting training,” she said.

The clerk’s role includes taking minutes at township meetings, printing notices, reconciling bank accounts, running elections and keeping up the township’s election database.

Gierke said she would also like to be involved in updating the township’s website. The township will also be working with Michigan Technological University and the Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance to develop the township’s waterfront.

“I think that would be really exciting to see, what can we do to bring more people to that waterfront,” she said.

The township is also looking to build recycling in the area through hosting a satellite collection center for the township transfer station.

Gierke originally joined the township at the recommendation of a friend. She was previously a co-office manager at the Houghton County Fair.

Gierke said voters should consider her past experience.

“I’ve been really happy I’ve been able to have that experience the last three years compared to running for that position and not knowing what I was getting into,” she said. “I can carry on from what June has been doing, because she’s been in the office for 15 years. It’s some pretty big shoes to fill.”

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