Parks and Recreation Commissioner, Ann Marie Rogers, expressed behavior standards for Township officials at the March 22, 2016 Oakland Township Board meeting. Her own behavior in January 2015 demonstrates she does not meet that standard.
At the March 22, 2016 Oakland Township Board meeting, Parks & Recreation Commissioner Ann Marie Rogers commented that she did not support the potential appointment of fellow Parks and Recreation Commissioner, Joe Peruzzi, to the Zoning Board of Appeals. She commented that she witnessed many actions by Joe Peruzzi that should disqualify him for any public position. She claimed Joe:
- “Lacked a thoughtful temperament”
- “Showed disrespect toward residents”
- “Possessed an unpredictable and angry nature”
Several Board members took issue with the accuracy of her statements.
Ann Marie’s comments reminded several residents of her behavior that was discussed at the January 14, 2015 Parks and Recreation Commission meeting. At that meeting, a resident, Joanna VanRaaphorst, described inappropriate and aggressive behavior she witnessed Ann Marie exhibit against a fellow citizen during the previous night’s Board meeting. Joanna commented that Ann Marie Rogers had turned around and called another citizen “a whore”, and created a hostile environment for citizens attending the meeting.
Ann Marie Rogers defended her actions, and said she even said things “a little bit worse”. There was no acknowledgment of inappropriate behavior.
Here is a video documenting the proceedings that are described above:
Why is this important to the citizens of Oakland Township? With this year being an election year for the Township Board and Parks and Recreation Commissioners, the citizens need to make sure we elect people who meet our standards for acceptable behavior. Ann Marie Rogers expressed a good set of standards in the March 22nd meeting. Since she is running for office again this year, she should be held accountable to those same standards. Her behavior at the January 13, 2015 Board meeting and the Parks and Recreation meeting on January 14, 2015 demonstrate that she does not meet them.
Finally, the allegations she made against Joe Peruzzi continue to be unsubstantiated. The Board approved his nomination for the Zoning Board in a 5 to 1 vote. Supervisor Gonser, who had made similar accusations, was the sole dissenting vote.