New township trustee named

All hands are back on deck after the Township Board appointed Rachel Terpstra to replace Jim Cihak, who resigned from the board earlier this month and moved out of town.
Marie Havenga
Jun 28, 2013


Terpstra and three other township residents – Don Munski, Phil Leech and Robert Henry — applied for Cihak's trustee seat, which expires in 2014.

The appointment was made with some controversy during a special Township Board meeting this week.

Before any discussion about the nominees took place, Trustee Larry Mierle made a motion to appoint Terpstra, and it was seconded, forcing the board to vote on the appointment. The board voted 4-2 to appoint Terpstra, an attorney for a Norton Shores firm.

“It would have been my recommendation that we discuss them here and decide in July,” said Township Supervisor John Nash, who voted in favor of Terpstra. “It seemed to me, we said at our last meeting we would see what the turnout was and discuss what direction we wanted.”

Trustee Ron Lindquist and Treasurer Jim Koster voted no to Terpstra's nomination.

“I'm very disappointed in how this was run,” Lindquist said after the vote. “I don't think it gave all of the candidates a fair chance. ... I'm very dissatisfied — not necessarily with the outcome, but with the procedure.”

Terpstra, 38, graduated from Cooley Law School in Lansing in 2007. She received a degree in business administration from Grand Valley State University in 1996.

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I agree with Mr. Lindquist. SL Township often violates procedure. Perhaps Ms. Terpstra will be a great leader, but it would have been reassuring to have proper process followed. Unfortunately, Nash thinks he is above little things like that.


If you ain't Dutch, you ain't much. Some things trump regular order.


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