Zoning official fired

Robinson Township is looking for a new zoning administrator following the termination of Kate Kremmel.
Alex Doty
Jan 26, 2013


Kremmel was fired earlier this month due to job performance issues, records indicate.

“There was a special meeting held (Jan. 12) that was posted,” Robinson Township Clerk Jackie Frye said. “The zoning administrator was terminated.”

Kremmel was hired by the township in 2005 and was considered an “at will” employee, meaning her employment could be terminated at any time.

According to Kremmel’s personnel file, which the Tribune obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, complaints began to trickle in during July 2009 regarding her job performance. During this time, the township clerk began to talk to Kremmel about the need to investigate the complaints filed against her.

In February 2010, the clerk and treasurer met with Kremmel and developed a plan of action to improve her on-the-job performance. This plan called for Kremmel to do more field work, work more on her own and less with the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department deputy assigned to the township, inspect violations or suspected violations of ordinances, and to advise township officials of her activities.

In 2011, the Township Board met with Kremmel and expressed frustration at her unwillingness to investigate complaints brought to her attention. She was then put on a 30-day probationary period.

The latest incident occurred during a Jan. 9 meeting, three days before her dismissal. Records state that Kremmel presented an earth change extension request to the township without determining the classification of the earth change size, and without knowing how to calculate the size of the pond resulting from the requested change.

To read more of this story, see Saturday’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.



She was set up for failure ! What a sham! Shame on Robinson's tactics.


Nah, she had no clue how to do the job she was hired to do.


Which begs the question...who hired her in the first place and did that person also have no clue that who they were hiring for the position didn't have the necessary skills to do the job? Sounds like there may be others ill equipped for the positions they hold.


“At-Will” is no big deal getting fired from those jobs. Low pay, no benefits and unrealistic high expectations in job performance. Those jobs are “junk jobs” Like working through a temp service like Manpower or Adecco. They cannot find toolmakers, mechanics or HVAC skilled trades persons. Why “at-will” with no benefits, perks or privileges or generous time off packages. Just unrealistic “pie in the sky” performance expectations. No one with any sense is going to pour their blood, sweat and tears into a job that is only “at-will” part-time or Manpower. Kate can get a job a Culvers and make more money with better benefits than any local government job.


What were the complaints? People not having enough broken down cars in their front yard?


Send her over to Crockery, They hire some real wizzards


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