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Transition to new clerk sparks access standoff

Marshall Helmberger
Posted 3/18/16

Editor's Note: This story was substantially updated on Wednesday.

GREENWOOD TOWNSHIP— After a rocky handover of the town clerk’s position earlier this week, incoming clerk Sue Drobac said Wednesday that she finally has access to township records, email and computers.

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Transition to new clerk sparks access standoff

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GREENWOOD TOWNSHIP— After a rocky handover of the town clerk’s position earlier this week, incoming clerk Sue Drobac said Wednesday that she finally has access to township records, email and computers. The dramatic handover played out starting on Friday morning, March 18, shortly after Drobac took the oath of office as the township’s new clerk. Drobac had defeated longtime clerk Ellen Trancheff by a nearly two-to-one margin in the March 8 township election.

Township treasurer Delores Clark had sworn Drobac into office earlier in the morning, but the outgoing clerk had left just three thin file folders, two keys, a manila envelope, and a sheet of paper, ostensibly with the access code for the clerk’s computer on a table in the township’s main office. Clark said she had expected Trancheff to do the swearing-in, which has typically been her job in the past. But she said Trancheff had stayed in the township office only long enough to lay out the few files on a table in the office and sign an affidavit stating that she had transferred all of the clerk’s documents, minute books, computer code, and keys to the incoming clerk. Clark said she notarized the affidavit, but in doing so was not making a representation that all the records were available for the new clerk. “There was hardly anything there,” said Clark.

Indeed, the vast majority of the clerk’s records, current township manuals, and her computer remained behind a locked door and neither of the two keys that Trancheff had handed over to Drobac would open it. Clark said Drobac refused to sign the affidavit of transfer of records after reviewing the handful of files that Trancheff had left.

After several unsuccessful efforts by Drobac and two township supervisors, John Bassing and newly-elected Carmen DeLuca, to gain access to the clerk’s office, Bassing said he attempted to contact Planning Director Julia Maki, who he thought might have a key. But after failing to connect by phone, he contacted Acting Board Chair Gene Baland who told Bassing he didn’t have keys to the office and couldn’t help them gain access. Bassing then contacted Pat Trancheff, the township’s maintenance director, to ask him to open the door. Bassing said Trancheff agreed to do so, but never did.

Bassing and DeLuca then contacted Biss Lock in Virginia to get help accessing the office, but when word of that reached township officials who backed Trancheff, they contacted the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office, which dispatched a deputy to the scene. After nearly an hour of attempted mediation by a deputy sheriff, neither Supervisor Rick Worringer, Planning Director Julia Maki, or Pat Trancheff offered to provide access to the office. Maki, in an email to the Timberjay, stated that she was trying to protect private records, including her personal health records and information on First Responder calls, which she said were inside the locked office. “I was not trying to protect clerk records,” she said.

At one point, Bassing and DeLuca appeared to agree to let the other officials remove the employee files, but reconsidered when asked under what authority the other officials could remove the records, if they were confidential.

Eventually, after consulting with his supervisor, the deputy sheriff told both sides that the sheriff’s office would not get involved. “It’s a civil matter,” he said, “I have no authority to tell anyone what to do in this case.”

At that point, Bassing and DeLuca told the Biss locksmith to go ahead and enter the room, which they eventually did. Inside was a computer, desks and files, including election records, a 2015 township manual, and a stack of campaign cards for Trancheff and supervisor candidate Don Doroff, who had lost in the March 8 election to DeLuca.

Baland said he objected to the way the matter was handled, arguing that Bassing and DeLuca should have asked for a township meeting to get authority to enter the office. “The way it was handled was just plain wrong,” he said.

But Bassing cited Minn. Stat. 367.01, which reads: “Every town officer shall, immediately after qualifying, demand from the officer’s predecessor or other person having control or possession of them, all books, records, and other property belonging to the office. Every person having control or possession of any of them shall, upon the demand, deliver them to the officer.”

Bassing said he felt his phone calls to Baland and Pat Trancheff constituted such a demand, as he was acting at Drobac’s behest. On Monday, Drobac emailed a written demand for access to the clerk’s records to Trancheff.

In either case, such transfers of records typically don’t require formal demands. Drobac said she assumed that Trancheff would at least show her where files were kept and how to access the clerk’s computer, email accounts, and familiarize her with the basics of the office. She said Trancheff offered no such assistance and that the single computer user name and password that Trancheff did provide did not appear to work on any computer in the office. “We’ve got a computer guy coming today,” she said, on Monday, at which point she still hadn’t been able to access the township’s email.

Drobac said she’s disappointed in the way events played out. “I feel very sad that the outgoing clerk wouldn’t swear me in and made access to everything here almost impossible,” she said.

Meanwhile, after Bassing and DeLuca had Biss re-key the lock to the clerk’s office, township planning director Maki complained that she no longer had access to her own records inside. She contacted Baland over the weekend, who contacted Drobac. “She hasn’t been denied access,” said Drobac, who told Baland to have Maki contact her if she needed access over the weekend. “I offered to unlock the door, but she never did call,” said Drobac.

Issues unresolved

Drobac said she was able to access email as of late Monday, in time to print comments related to the Bay View Conditional Use Permit hearing. As of Tuesday, a computer technician spent much of the day in the office dealing with the computer system, including changing passwords. Both Drobac and Bassing said the computer tech found the township’s computer to be badly compromised with malware, much of which he said could have been transferred from Trancheff’s home computer, which Trancheff had used to remotely access the township’s network.

Meanwhile, Baland called Drobac on Monday and ordered her to stay out of Trancheff’s old office until further notice. Drobac said Baland suggested that some were calling the office a “possible crime scene.” Baland’s call came after Drobac contacted former clerk Trancheff and asked her to come and remove her personal belongings from the office. Drobac said Trancheff called Baland shortly afterwards, which prompted Baland to issue his order.

It’s not clear, however, whether Baland was exceeding his authority in doing so, since Drobac is an elected official of the township, not just an employee. “As a general principle, elected officials answer to the voters,” said Eric Hedtke, General Counsel for the Minnesota Association of Townships. As clerk, Drobac is essentially in charge of all the township’s “paperwork,” according to Hedtke, which makes it unclear whether Baland can keep Drobac from accessing records in the former clerk’s office. At the same time, Hedtke said, the town board has authority over the facilities and can determine where township employees and officials conduct their duties.

Complicating the situation is the fact that Trancheff still maintains a position with the township. In late January, the town board voted 4-1 to approve three-year contracts for several positions, including a newly-created “administrative assistant and 911 coordinator position” for Trancheff. That position, which has no scheduled hours, pays Trancheff $9,291 a year. Although Trancheff did not respond to questions or a request for comment, it appears she intends to continue to occupy the office she has used for years despite her defeat in the March 8 election.

Baland said the board would take up the issue of Drobac’s office location at the board’s reorganizational meeting on Thursday (after the Timberjay’s deadline), but the larger issue appears to be access to township records, which are the legal purview and responsibility of the clerk. Among other responsibilities, state law states that it is the duty of a town clerk to “have custody of the records, books, and papers of the town and file and safely keep all papers required by law to be filed in the clerk’s office.”

Baland said it’s clear that the vehement divide in the township wasn’t healed by the latest election, and he said the question of access to the clerk’s office could continue as one more dividing line.

Meanwhile, Drobac, on Wednesday, said she’s continuing to access the former clerk’s office to conduct her duties. “I guess I’m breaking the rule,” she said. “But there were many more records in here than she [Trancheff] had given to me.”

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Hardrockminer

Court? Some supervisors and a couple of township employees should resign immediately. What childish behavior!

Friday, March 18, 2016
sadie

court? are you kidding me? when the new clerk wants to get in her office and she has no access? no keys for her. she couldn't work on her first day.

yup, the clean up of the township isn't done yet. a few more need to go.

calling the sheriff when the board member and the township clerk want to work in the hall. all of you that tried to stop this process should be fired. enough. you all know who you are. go now and make it look good. don't get fired. it's coming.

Friday, March 18, 2016
Resq7107@yahoo.com

This is so absolutely disgusting...and people wonder why Clwrk Trancheff got the boot??!!!! How about "interference with the duties of a public official" now that she is out of office. In the normal world the rest of us couldn't get away with that and not face consequences!! Besides being just the worst kind of spoil sports I've ever seen, what is being hidden by them behind the scenes that they don't want discovered??!!! Well maybe people will see that those opposing this regime weren't just malcontents after all!!!

Friday, March 18, 2016
Robustoman

Trancheff...... There is no class like low class

Saturday, March 19, 2016
Hardrockminer

Sour grapes. We are paying these sore losers. I think that is obscene. Time to clean house.

Saturday, March 19, 2016
Outside looking in

Absolutely shameful. Sadly, this is probably not the end of the story and I do not look forward to the information that is about to follow.

Saturday, March 19, 2016
laughing from Illinois

Why involve the law? Should have just had the overpaid maintenance man pick the lock or take the hinges off the door OR just ask his overpaid WIFE for the keys. Surprised to see the overpaid Planning Director at the Township, was this really a Planning and Zoning issue??? Guess she only shows up with back up !!

Saturday, March 19, 2016
Ilk

What part of election day did the Board miss? They got hit by a freight train in the election and it came back and hit them again at the Annual Meeting but they still want to play on the tracks.

Saturday, March 19, 2016
steve rodgers

Sounds like grounds for the termination of Pat Trancheff as well as Julia Maki. Shame on them and Gene Baland and Rick Worringer for going along with the nonsense.

Saturday, March 19, 2016
Julia Maki

I really do not like to comment on these things, but I encourage you all to attend the Town Board meeting on Thursday to hear the truth. The office that was broken into was the office mainly for Fire Department/EMS paperwork and reporting and was the private office for Pat and Ellen Trancheff, there was a lot of confidential information in there including all the Planning and Zoning files. Even though Ellen is no longer the Clerk, she is currently an employee of the Township in other capacities. I was advised to remove my files if the Clerk insisted in breaking into the office, but Drobac, Bassing and DeLuca told the sheriff they would not allow me access to my files. They had no authority from the Town Board to deny me access to my files. The door has been re-keyed by the new Clerk and the three employees--Julia Maki, Pat Trancheff and Ellen Trancheff--are not allowed into their offices without supervision of the Town Clerk since she now holds the key to their office and all their files. The decision to break into the private office was made in less then 15 minutes after the new Clerk took her oath. When she took her oath, She was given a 600 square foot office at her disposal with a computer and numerous files cabinet full of clerk-related information.

The Sheriff and the Town's attorney advised DeLuca, Bassing and Drobac not to break into the locked office. DeLuca refused to speak to the Town's attorney when the attorney was on the phone strongly advising against this action since it was not approved by the Town Board and it exposed the Town to a liability. So now the employees are all locked out of their offices and do not have access to their files and confidential information has been exposed to who knows who since the office was filled with both Township officials and residents. Not a pretty picture, I agree--but I think everyone needs to hear the truth.

Sunday, March 20, 2016
one who loves the lake

Isn't the clerk's office a public office, not a private office? The White House stays where it is regardless of who is president.

Sunday, March 20, 2016
Julia Maki

I think what people are misunderstanding is that Ellen Trancheff was not just the Clerk. She is also the Fire Department Secretary--she has many reporting and recording duties related to that plus she manages all the files protected by HIPPA--including medical records for both Township first responders, firefighters and all of their medical calls and patients. It was this private office that she uses for this that was broken into. The "Clerks" office in the center part of the building that contains all the clerk related files was properly turned over to the Clerk when she took oath.

Sunday, March 20, 2016
jtormoen

Seems this issue/situation is a prime example where the TIMBERJAY ought to write a review/statement as to what occurred, what should/could be. Clearly seems like things were "awkwardly" handled. Let Marshall and his troops clarify the situation.

Sunday, March 20, 2016
lakegirl

private office? Townships do not provide a private office for a public official and a maintenance man. There should be an official investigation to unveil what is hiding in those files. and why does Ellen still have planning and zoning files in her possession?for undesirable elected officials that have time remaining for their term, there is always the possibility of a recall election.

Sunday, March 20, 2016
Julia Maki

Lakegirl,

The Planning and Zoning files are my files--I am the Planning Director--I put in that office to make room for the new Clerk. Greenwood Township has 4 offices, 3 of them are open to the public, one of them has remained locked for only those that need access. It contains medical supplies, sensitive records, maintenance records and supplies, personal items, EMS/Fire records. It has been this way for many, many years. If it is to change, it should be an official Town Board action and not a free for all.

Sunday, March 20, 2016
Pam Rodgers

Seriously people. It is clear that Ellen was trying to exert her control on the way out. Clearly Sue did not receive everything she needed to do her job. It was not her place to decide that the office in question should not be accessible by the clerk. The adult thing to do would have been to open the office when everyone was there - Julia could show that she was just taking her files, Ellen could have moved the files she needed to do her fire department duties. Instead everyone is acting like children. Working in management for 30 years, I have never seen anything like this.

Sunday, March 20, 2016
a taxpayer who is paying for this folly

There should be locking and labeled file cabinets for all private files. Private offices for each huge ego is too expensive to support. What an example you are setting for future generations, today is Sunday, think about that.

Sunday, March 20, 2016
Julia Maki

Pam,

I understand, but where? It was not just Ellen's office. It is Pat's office too with lots of items in there and it was the status quo as determined by the Town Board as the date the new Clerk took her oath. Yes, the files could be moved and the Township offices can be completely setup in a entirely different arrangement, but that should have been the entire Town's Board's decision after hearing input from the new Clerk and the other employee's and looking at possible options. As far as I understand, there was nothing the new Clerk needed in the office she broke into, it was just that she wanted the office space. The office she broke into was about 1/2 the size of the office space she was given when she took her Oath and the decision to do that was made within 15 minutes of her taking oath.

Sunday, March 20, 2016
Pam Rogers

Julia - Sue did not break in. She was refused entry and other board members made the call. It was not Ellen's call to not allow access. Pat's files are far from confidential and could be in any file cabinet. Your files could have been in any locking cabinet. If there were files were truly employee files and contained HIPPAA files,you and Pat shouldn't have had access either. At least Sue is a sworn officer of the township. That always was the clerk's office and that is the "status quo". Shame on you and Rick and Pat.

Sunday, March 20, 2016
WRS

It is about time the residents of Greenwood Township start to take out the trash. The Trancheff's have been sucking st mother teat for far too

Long. She was unfair with most cabin owners as she arbitrarily set property values on her annual boat trip. She valued property by whom she liked or guessed st what s property should be valued.

The e rest of the old board needs to go as well. They do not have the interests of those who live and own property in the township.

Their recent survey asking if Greenwood should become a city was abdolutely as done. So we're many of their other questions.

Yes, time for TOTAL CLEAN-UP IN GREENWOOD TOWNSHIP!

Sunday, March 20, 2016
Hardrockminer

Pam Rodgers - Excellent points! The ridiculous behavior by these folks is shameful. Spiteful and mean spirited actions are not going to help this township move forward. The recent election, and the levy allowed ($1.00) by the citizens at the annual meeting, proves beyond any doubt that the citizens are fed up with 'business as usual'. The locked office was always Ellen's office. If she shared space with her husband, that would most likely change with a new clerk. I would think Pat only needs a file cabinet and an area to occasionally do paperwork at. He does not have a desk job. Julia is rarely there. She needs a file cabinet, and could share space with Pat or not. Whatever happens, the old regime has ended. Try and get over your disappointment and move on.

Sunday, March 20, 2016
Pam Rodgers

And the biggest point of all. Sue is not the enemy, she is an elected official - picked two to one over Ellen. Supervisors and staff "siding" with the old clerk have no place in government. There shouldn't be "sides". Just saying......

Sunday, March 20, 2016
Julia Maki

Pam--I do agree with you. Yes, Pat and I can have our offices anywhere and yes, we can put our files under look and key and things can be re-arranged. However, it needs to be a Town Board decision as a whole--not just two supervisors--to change the current status quo and everyone's offices and where Township items are stored. As you recall, I stated I was told by the Sheriff and another Town Board Supervisor to remove my files from the office Sue wanted but then I was instructed by the Sheriff that Bassing, DeLuca and Drobac were denying me access to that, now all my files are locked in that office.

Sue Drobac is simply the Clerk and does not run the Township. Her job is to record and document decision and actions made by the Town Board. As I understand, she had absolutely no authority from the Town Board to make that decision to lock three employees out from their offices and files and other work-related items.

And yes, she was refused entry because she did not have official Town Board authority to have access to that office. It was the private office of other Township employees and confidential records. There should be Town Board action to change otherwise and the re-organization meeting is March 24, 2016 in which that could be addressed if she had issues with the current office arrangement.

Sunday, March 20, 2016
Hardrockminer

Julia,

Perhaps you should stop commenting now. It is sounding more ridiculous every time you repeat yourself.

Sunday, March 20, 2016
Ilk

Julia,

The Clerk is the chief administrative officer in the Township and is in charge of much more than to document actions by the Board. She handles all claims presented to the Township, is in charge of all information coming into and out of the Township, is the chief election official in the Township and on a rare occasion could vote on the Town Board. The Planning and Zoning files you have are not your files they are Greenwood Township files.

The way this transition should have worked, would to have had the former Clerk present all records and files to the newly elected Clerk and wish her well. To have the Planning Director try to impede this process is totally without authority, further for Supervisors and the maintenance person to do so is suspect.

Sunday, March 20, 2016
Julia Maki

Ilk,

I did not obstruct this process one bit. I was advised to remove the files I am responsible for from the office being broken into to keep their integrity intact. This has gone way beyond the simple transfer of information from one clerk to the next--it has disrupted the entire office and affected all employees until the next Town Board meeting.

Sunday, March 20, 2016
Hardrockminer

Julia, I believe all of the files belong to the township. Whether you are the p&z director or not. The files belong to the township.

Sunday, March 20, 2016
Pam Rodgers

Julia - you keep saying you didn't have access after the locks were changed. Let's go back to the beginning. How did you get in before the locks were changed? Why didn't you have the keys when asked for them? Much of what you are saying is contradictory. If the office had been accessible from the beginning, none of this would have happened. You could have all sorted through what belonged where and with whom. It was you, Ellen and Pat that caused this - not Sue, Bassing and DeLuca.

The three of you are employees of the township. Bassing, Sue and DeLuca are officers. Think about it. You locked town officers out of a public office. You restricted township records when you didn't have the authority to do so.

I wonder if we can press charges against the three of you? We may also have grounds for termination - most contracts have provisions that allow for immediate termination when a law is broken, when the contract terms are breached and also for insubordination. I recommend that the board have your contracts reviewed with the lawyer.

Sunday, March 20, 2016
still laughing

Since I can't be at the upcoming meeting, I hope someone asks the question where was Ellen that day anyway? Why didn't she swear in the new clerk and help her to transition into her new job? Was she home pouting because she lost the election? She is still employed by the Township therefore she needs to earn her new pay increase and actually be available when she is supposed to be, imagine that. Seems to me this all could have been avoided if she had bothered to show up and explain things. But no, in typical Greenwood fashion, the first calls were made to the attorney and to the sheriff, welcome to the Board Sue and Good Luck to you !!

Sunday, March 20, 2016
lakegirl

i find it rather interesting that the maintenance and the planning and zoning had access to confidential files. what's wrong with this picture? More secretive behavior. more shift of blame to make Ellen and Julia look like the victims. There should be no PRIVATE offices. personals could be locked in a cabinet. confidential files in a locked cabinet. I do believe this whole story leans toward legal action against those obstructing township business.

Sunday, March 20, 2016
Rick Stoehr

This is just more of the same overreach that the previous Board has practiced. And when you take it too far and get into trouble, just hand the mess to the township attorney and let him sort it out. Why not? We seem to have unlimited funds for just that purpose.

When the other Township Supervisors became aware of the situation that was unfolding at the town hall why didn't they make themselves available there to deal with it? We know that at least one was in telephone communication.

These elected folks take an oath to serve the Township aka the taxpayers of the township. Somewhere along the line it seems to have been decided that we're there to serve them. A good example of that is the fact that on 3 occasions a motion to return Planning and Zoning be returned to the County has been voted on and passed. I believe in local control but what we seem to have is local abuse.

I'm of the opinion that it's high time to look into the recall process and regain control of the township we live in.

Sunday, March 20, 2016
sadie

julia,

just why were you at the town hall?? your things should have been moved after the election. that office was always the clerks office and everyone knew that. why do you need an office anyway?? you don't work out of the town hall. you made that very clear. not even on the agreed one day a week.you stated you are afraid to be in the office alone. so you work from home. you also need an escort to do site visits for p & z. well if you are afraid maybe this isn't the right line of work for you????? or maybe you are doing something wrong??

acting like hippa files were just opened up to all???

calling the township attorney??? you were told only to call for p & z issues. oops.

keep talking. you are giving all reasons why you should resign.

Sunday, March 20, 2016
Lee Peterson

The tail is trying to continue to wag the dog out here in Greenwood Township, the latest by making the post election transition difficult and trying to "play keeps" with the Clerk's office. Not cute. The March 8th township election was quite clear in showing the direction that the people want the township to move in. The resolutions passed by the people at the annual meeting, the same resolutions for the third consecutive year, need to be respected by the Town Board going forward. The writing is on the wall. It will make Greenwood a friendlier place--and the dog's tail will finally get a rest.

Monday, March 21, 2016
Old Salty

When the next 2 Board seats come to term they should be retired to move us back to a three member board like the majority of other townships.

Monday, March 21, 2016
Shaking my head. ..

When is the board going to ask for a formal investigation into the alleged election violations?

Monday, March 21, 2016
One who WAS proud to live in Greenwood township

I wonder how many supervisors, township employees, and especially Ellen believe in the Golden Rule? You live in a beautiful area of the USA, Ellen, you are worst than the governor of Illinois when he lost last election.

Monday, March 21, 2016
Resq7107@yahoo.com

This is getting to be so damn ridiculous I'm sickened by it. I can't even find words strong enough to use as a reaction. These people have bullshitted the public for years and years and unfortunately many people either out of not knowing better or blind loyalty to the Trancheff Clan have believed they can walk on water and do no wrong!! I am proud to say I am what they have classified as a dissident and the lies, deceit, falsification of records (yes I use that word with its full meaning), continue to happen. They can't believe the kingdom has crumbled and they refuse to accept they have been dethroned and will do anything in their power (legality, morals and ethics aside) to keep that control. I believe this is a clear indication that there is something to hide. IF we ever find out what that is, I believe there would be outrage. This sort of thing reminds me of the old Mafia Days in Chicago and elsewhere. Hollywood ought to be clammoring all over this ....Academy Awards material without a doubt. What other tactics are they going to resort to next before this ends??!! It's actually kind of nerve wracking to imagine the possibilities

Monday, March 21, 2016
mike

prosecute them all and get rid of Ellen and her husband once and for all. They have been sucking of the township teat for too long

Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Shaking my head

Both of Ellen's 'very part time' duties are fire department related, There is an office in the fire dept., complete with many file cabinets. It is obvious and LOGICAL that is where her office should be. Mr. Baland, please stop drinking the Kool-Aid! The voters have YELLED, not spoken. You represent the citizens. The former regime LOST by a 2-1 margin. Most of us are extremely tired of being a laughingstock. Right now Maki, Worringer and Baland are pretending nothing happened on March 8th. Recent actions by the 3 of you remind me of a spoiled 2 year old who refuses to take a nap. This disrespectful treatment of the newly ELECTED clerk,is uncalled for, and I suspect she will remain in HER position for a very long time. Make nice already! Please begin to act like adults instead of sore losers.

Thursday, March 24, 2016
Shaking my head right off of my neck!

Gene,

You are the one enabling this 'vehement' divide! You could stop it if you chose to. All that is needed to 'fix' this silly turf war that Pat, Rick and Julia are waging, is to put some doggone files in locked, labeled cabinets. Rick does not need an office! He is a maintenance man and a custodian! He should only be in the office when he's cleaning it! The 'social center' environment of the past must stop. Elected public officials have serious work to do. Right now that work is being impeded by 2 employees and some supervisors. I hope an audit is conducted ASAP. The actions by some so far makes it appear as if something fishy has been going on. Also, please stop calling the attorney to see what you can get away with! Under whose authority had Julia been calling him? Is she going to pay for it?

Thursday, March 24, 2016
Shaking my head right off of my neck

Correction- Pat does not need an office. Sorry Rick.

Thursday, March 24, 2016
Ilk

It is very unfortunate that Clerk Drobac had to fight her way, literraly, into office. Clerk Drobac should never have had to recite her past work history at a public meeting because her job interview was the election. This was just a poorly veiled attempt at intimidation and displays the bullying tactics this Board continues to use. The Board just doesn't seem to understand they represent the people not just themselves,but the next election should once and for all set this Township on the right course.

Friday, March 25, 2016
William T. Freholde

In what world is an employee of any organization allowed to keep their job after such disobedience act. When Ms. Trancheff drove away from her 10:00 appointment to swear in the new officers I believe she forfeited the right to work for the Township. If this is not addressed where may this go. What act of workplace disobedience crosses the line? This must be addressed by the Board. If they fail to address this I would label it malfeasance. By her actions Ms. Trancheff has created an irrevocably hostile work environment. The incoming clerk did not ask for this.

The Board must address this matter.

Friday, March 25, 2016
dennob48

Is it something in the water or the air?

Sunday, March 27, 2016