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Perkins trustees vote an about-face

Andy Ouriel • Feb 28, 2013 at 8:10 AM

Facing backlash from residents, Perkins Township trustees have decided to reverse course on a decision t o create a part-time position in the fiscal office. 

About two weeks ago, township fiscal officer Jane Gildenmeister received approval for $15,000 to hire a part-time worker in her office.


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She said she was “getting behind” in her work and an extra body would help offset the massive workload.

Trustees Mike Printy and Tim Coleman originally OK’d the request, while Jeff Ferrell vehemently opposed it.

Ferrell refused to provide Gildenmeister with a single penny, given that financial constraints forced trustees to eliminate seven positions in early February. The move caused six people to lose their jobs.

Fast forward to Tuesday: Ferrell’s colleague s completely switched gears, rejecting Gildenmeister’s request.

“I’ve been contacted by a few people (who are) against the action of hiring an assistant fiscal officer,” Coleman said.

Coleman and Printy were worried about negative vibes from voters, which would no doubt affect the outcome of a police levy in May.


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