Supervisor Terry Gonser has put an item on the Jan 13 Board of Trustees meeting agenda that calls for an expensive special election to be held in May 2015 simply to ask voters to grant the elected Supervisor position the powers and duties of a strong supervisor for Oakland Township. The current Board of Trustees, elected in 2012, who, early on, supported Terry Gonser’s leadership have, more recently, repeatedly rebuffed his attempts to assume the duties now assigned to the Township’s professional full-time manager. Gonser’s current responsibilities are limited to:
- chairing the Board of Trustee meetings;
- signing some documents that legally require the signature of the elected Supervisor
- some ceremonial roles in community events.
Under our current Township Structure the hired Professional Township Manager (or Superintendent) has full authority to manage the day to day operation of the Township within the guidelines established by the entire Board.
Gonser, despite the legal limitations of his elected position, has professed to spending 50-60 hours/week doing his “job” at the Township Hall interfering in the business and work of professional staff and management. Oakland Township, under Gonser has experienced unprecedented turnover of personnel, lawsuits and legal expenses. His penchant for taking unilateral actions without authorization by the Board has been well documented on this site. These, among other problems, are why his formerly loyal Board of Trustees have voted against allowing him to take on any additional responsibilities.
Here are some of our previous posts about Gonser’s multiple attempts to officially expand his power:
There are many recent examples of Gonser’s actions that are reasons for the Oakland Township Board not approving Gonser’s request. Those actions can be read by scrolling through the many previous posts in the “Supervisor Gonser” category on the right side of this web page.
The best reason for not centralizing all that authority in one elected official was summarized by one citizen’s comments:
“There would be great difficulty dismissing a ‘rogue’ supervisor!”
Please come to the January 13th Board of Trustees meeting and voice your opinion about whether Oakland Township should change its governmental structure and stop being managed by a professional full-time Superintendent.