The Township Clerk’s office has access to private information of Township residents. The person who holds that office must be above any reproach regarding maintaining confidentiality.
In 2015 the Township Board issued a resolution against, then Park’s Commissioner, Anne Marie Rogers for sharing Attorney Client Privileged with, then Supervisor Gonser and another Township Board members as well as private citizens. The resolution was issued after an investigation by the Attorneys for the Township and the Parks Commission. The resolution passed in a 6 to 0 vote.
Here are the words from that July 28, 2015 resolution:
“There has been an inappropriate release of privileged and confidential and/or Attorney/Client protected communications which constitutes a Breach of Trust and is hereby repudiated.” and further “It is improper to fail to disclose any unauthorized receipt of privileged communications prior to entering deliberations pertaining to matters discussed in the communications.”
Anne Marie Rogers is now running for the Township Clerks office.
The resolution also states that then Supervisor Gonser failed to disclose the unauthorized receipt of confidential material.
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Why is this important to the Citizens of Oakland Township? The Clerk’s position requires absolute trust for the person sitting in that seat. Past violations in ability to maintain confidentiality should disqualify a person from holding that position. We have a person who has performed honorably as a Trustee, that person is Robin Buxar. Please review Robin’s qualifications posted on this website, and compare that to Anne Marie Rogers record.
Terry Gonser is also on the ballot for a Trustee position. Please consider his involvement in this incident, as well as the many previously reported issues regarding his leadership when you fill in your ballot for the August Primary.