As many of you are aware, Supervisor Gonser, and former Trustee Maureen Thalmann, made repeated attempts at changing Oakland Township’s structure from a “Manager” form of governance to a “Strong Supervisor” form of governance. He and Maureen wanted to change the Supervisor position to a full time position and eliminate the full time professional manager position. The Supervisor would assume all of the day to day operations in the Township with assistance from a part time support person.
At the April 12, 2016 BOT meeting, Clerk Karen Reilly reported that many Township’s in the state are moving away from the ‘Strong Supervisor” form of governance to what we currently have in Oakland Township.
Here is a video of Karen Reilly’s comments:
There have been many previous articles posted on this website regarding Supervisor Goner’s attempts at changing the structure of our Township. Many of them cover the reasons why our current ‘Manager’ structure is preferred, and why Supervisor Gonser’s actions are reasons why a “Strong Supervisor” form of governance is not in Oakland Township’s best interest. Other communities are apparently coming to the same conclusion.
Here are links to previous posts on this topic:
- Trustees reject Supervisor Gonser’s desire to become a “Strong Supervisor”
- Can we trust Supervisor Gonser with more authority?
- Joan Buser – “KEEP MANAGER FORM OF GOVERNMENT”
- Supervisor Gonser and Trustee Thalmann attempt (once again) to have a “Strong Supervisor” structure in Oakland Township
- Supervisor Gonser thinks Oakland Township’s form of government is “bizarre” and unworkable
- The Board Deals Gonser a One-Two Punch
- Supervisor Gonser Plots a Vote to Grant Supervisor Strong Supervisor Powers
- Oakland Township Manager Warren Brown comments on his resignation – suggests Supervisor Gonser follow his example and also resign
- EDITORIAL: Has Gonser Willfully Violated the Law? We Need to Know.
- Did Supervisor Gonser mislead voters in 2012 election, or did he not understand the job of Supervisor in our Township?
The above articles make it clear why other communities are moving AWAY FROM their “Strong Supervisor” structures TO what Supervisor Gonser considers a “bizarre and unworkable” form of governance. Maybe the ‘bizarre and unworkable’ adjectives apply to Supervisor Gonser, as former Township manager Warren Brown suggested in his resignation statement noted above.
Why is this important to the citizens of Oakland Township? Supervisor Gonser is planning on running for reelection this summer and fall. Although he did not disclose his desire to change how Oakland Township is structured prior to his election in 2012, his actions over the past few years make it clear what his intentions were and continue to be.
Between now and the primary elections this summer, there will certainly be discussions regarding the advantages and disadvantages of both forms of governance. I recommend you read some of the previous postings listed above to familiarize yourself with why we have our current ‘Manager’ form of governance.
It is very interesting that other communities are moving away from what Supervisor Gonser is proposing. Our current structure has helped create our outstanding community. It appears other communities are beginning to see the wisdom of our ways.
Please consider Terry Gonser’s position on this in the upcoming summer election.