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Treasurer Langlois discovers that Supervisor may have exceeded his authority and Township Attorney, Dan Kelly, makes inappropriate comment

At the September 23, 2014 Oakland Township Board meeting, a discussion took place regarding the process that has been used by Supervisor Gonser in nominating various Board and Commission members.  Treasurer Langlois discovered that he may have exceeded his authority in making those recommendations.  The Township Attorney made an inappropriate comment on a ‘live microphone’ when a legal review request was made.

Board member comments indicate they were upset with how Supervisor Gonser has handled the appointment of various Board and Commission members.  Those concerns have previously been reported on this website.  During the September 23rd BOT meeting, the Board discussed establishing a process to prevent similar behavior from occurring in the future.

Treasurer Langlois reviewed existing Township by-laws and ordinances to understand the procedures that already exist.  In that review, she discovered that Supervisor Gosner may not have sole authority to nominate candidates for the various positions.

In light of Treasurer Langlois’ discovery, she requested a legal review of the appointment processes for each Township Board and Commission.  When this request was made, Township Attorney, Dan Kelly, made an inappropriate comment caught on a ‘live microphone’.  His comment was:

“Shit”

After making that comment, he quickly turned his microphone off.  After it became clear that the Board expected a comment from the attorney, he began to speak into a ‘dead microphone’ and then turned it on.  Here is his entire comment:

“A review of all the commissions and how they get appointed… that is pretty simple….. I think I can handle that one.”

Mr. Kelly then turned to the public and smiled appearing to be embarrassed by his earlier comment.  Several of the Board members appeared to find Mr. Kelly’s response amusing.

Why is this important to the citizens of Oakland Township?  Gonser’s behavior is consistent with his opinion that he is ‘omnipotent’.  Fortunately, several Board members are beginning to challenge his belief and behavior.  They may be beginning to follow the recommendation of one of our citizens regarding Supervisor Gonser  –

“DON’T trust and MUST verify”.

Regarding the attorney’s inappropriate response to the legal review request, one can only question why he made that statement.  Several options could be:

  • He wanted Township Manager Capela to handle it.
  • He is too busy.
  • He is concerned that the outcome could upset Gonser and disrupt the apparent ‘tight’ relationship he has with Supervisor Gonser.
  • He is disappointed that this request is not a ‘litigation’ issue for which he could charge the Township additional money.  This request should be covered by his retainer.
  • Others?

We will never know why he said what he said.  However, it is clear it was totally inappropriate and unprofessional, much like his handling of the DUI incident previously reported on this website.

Our Township deserves a more professional Legal Counsel.

Here is a video of the proceedings described above:

Richard Michalski

Here is a previously reported article about our Township Attorney’s inappropriate actions:

SEPTEMBER 9, 2014 UPDATE: Oakland Township’s Attorney involved in Driving under the influence (DUI) incident

SEPTEMBER 9, 2014 UPDATE: Oakland Township’s Attorney involved in Driving under the influence (DUI) incident

SEPTEMBER 9 UPDATE:

ON SEPTEMBER 8, 2014, THE DETROIT FREE PRESS PUBLISHED AN ARTICLE PERTAINING TO A SUBJECT PREVIOUSLY REPORTED ON THIS WEBSITE.   THE ARTICLE REPORTS ON A DUI INCIDENT IN 2013.  THE ARTICLE PROVIDES SOME ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON OAKLAND TOWNSHIP ATTORNEY DAN KELLY’S INVOLVEMENT IN THE INCIDENT.

HERE IS THE FREE PRESS ARTICLE:

 SEPTEMBER 8TH FREE PRESS ARTICLE

SOME NEW INFORMATION THAT WAS NOT INCLUDED IN THE ORIGINAL POST INCLUDES:

  • THE VEHICLE INVOLVED WAS OWNED BY OAKLAND TOWNSHIP’s HIRED ATTORNEY DAN KELLY
  • DAN KELLY WAS SEATED IN THE BACK SEAT OF THE CAR
  • DAN KELLY WAS SEEN BY THE OFFICER MOVING A HALF FULL BEER BOTTLE FROM THE FRONT OF THE CAR TO A COOLER IN THE BACK
  • THERE WERE THREE HALF FULL BEER BOTTLES IN THE COOLER
  • DAN KELLY DENIED HAVING AN OPEN BOTTLE OF BEER IN THE CAR
  • DAN KELLY TOLD POLICE THAT THE BEER WAS FROM EARLIER THAT NIGHT
  • THERE WERE THREE PEOPLE IN THE VEHICLE –  DEPUTY OAKLAND COUNTY EXECUTIVE MATTHEW GIBB, FORMER ORION TOWNSHIP SUPERVISOR CHRIS BARNETT AND ORION AND OAKLAND TOWNSHIP ATTORNEY DAN KELLY. 

HERE IS THE ORIGINAL POST ON THIS TOPIC:

Oakland Township’s Attorney involved in Driving under the influence (DUI) incident

Richard Michalski