The two incidences, one in 2012 and another this year, have led to harassment complaints against the clerk being discussed behind closed doors in executive session meetings.
While the investigatory phase might warrant some type of privacy to determine what is going on, there should be more openness in the process.
As the township clerk is an elected official, township residents shouldn’t have to wonder why the person they chose to fill the clerk’s position is being accused of harassing other township employees — especially since tax dollars are being requested to cover legal fees stemming from these incidences.
Just because someone is not technically an employee, but instead an elected official, doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be held accountable and to the same workplace standards.
We urge the township, now and in the future, to be more forthcoming regarding the release of this type of information. And we also urge those involved in these complaints to work together to avoid any future conflicts.
No township money should be spent on legal fees that arise out of elected or township officials’ inability to get along with others.
Our local governments are funded with our tax dollars, and we deserve to have an efficient operation free of unnecessary conflict and drama.
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