Township officials debate building inspector hire

A plan to hire a new Grand Haven Township building inspector has left some dissention about the township's personnel policy. On Monday, the Township Board unanimously approved hiring Fruitport resident Jack Byers as a full-time building inspector/plan reviewer/ordinance enforcement officer.
Kyle Moroney
Apr 25, 2012

If accepted, Byers will replace Kirk Briggs, who was discharged from the township about six weeks ago after working there since 2007. Township Manager Bill Cargo would not say why Briggs was discharged.

However, because the township’s personnel committee voted 2-1 to hire Byers, the personnel policy states that the hiring would then need Township Board approval.

Trustee Tom Jenkins, a member of the personnel committee, cast the opposing vote in committee. He cited concerns regarding vacation time and the number of years Byers would be considered a township employee.

Byers previously worked with the township from April 2005 to May 2006, according to Cargo. Byers then accepted a position as the building inspector/ordinance enforcement officer for the city of Ludington.

Byers was one of six candidates who applied for the Grand Haven Township position, and one of three who were interviewed.

Cargo negated the fact that Byers was chosen because he had previously worked for the township. Cargo said Byers interviewed well and “he was the best candidate" for the job.

“He was a great employee when he was here,” Cargo added.

Some of the language in Byers’ hiring contract, however, left a sour taste in some board members' mouths — specifically that his previous year of township employment would be factored in, and that he would be eligible for two weeks of vacation by January 2013.

“I think he should get treated just like other employees,” Jenkins said. “I believe he’s a new hire.”

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The typical rubber stamping by Mr Cargo. This person worked for the twp some time ago... and is re-hired.. he should of been a new hire like any other business would of done... People this is to show that our tax dollars are not being watch carefully. Even though Mr. Jenkins has brought up concerns about this persons contract... I question a contract employee... Is he really a employee of the twp or a contracted person for his services... But its time for the others on the board to get a grip on this spending... or maybe its time for some new board members....

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