REGISTER VIEWPOINT: Lessons to be learned in Perkins

Perkins Township’s former clerk, Diane Schaefer, will soon be fiscal officer, which is sort of the same job. She and the township tr
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

Perkins Township’s former clerk, Diane Schaefer, will soon be fiscal officer, which is sort of the same job. She and the township trustees agree she needs more training.

So the trustees have approved 280 hours of training, at a cost of about $1,000, for her to get up to speed in her old job.

Meanwhile, Township Trustee Bill Dwelle, too busy to talk with members of a city-township committee that studied joint dispatch, is not too busy to forbid township employees from talking about it. Nor is he too busy to talk with the administration ofConcord Care and Rehabilitation, although some wish he hadn’t done that.

On Feb. 13, after Concord Care requested a meeting with the Perkins trustees by contacting fiscal-officer-in-training Schaefer, Dwelle took it upon himself to meet privately with the administrators of the facility.

Concord is being sued for its involvement in an alleged patient abuse case, but Dwelle insists the meeting was about anything else but the specifics on the case despite a police report to the contrary.

Schaefer let Dwelle know Concord wanted to talk to trustees. Somehow, the other two trustees didn’t get word, either from Schaefer or Dwelle.

Training is needed, all right.

Schaefer needs to find out she’s not the gatekeeper between the trustees and the community.

Dwelle needs to find out, despite his years of service, he’s one of three trustees