FLINT TWP. — Clerical workers are the ‘unsung heroes” of the police department, said Township Police Chief George Sippert at the township board meeting where one worker retired and another was hired to replace her.
With the usual cake and resolution sendoff, Chief Sippert and the township board gave special recognition to Lynn Jones, who is retiring after 26 years of service as a fulltime clerical employee for the township.
The township board also approved hiring Molly Murphy to replace Jones, whose last day is December 29. Murphy’s first day on the job was Tuesday, December 20.
In farewell comments to Jones, Chief Sippert praised her work ethic and professional demeanor. Jones, who was assigned to the police department’s investigation unit for the past 21 years, was always willing to step up to any task before her.
“I can’t think of a time when Lynn was asked to help and was not willing to do it,’” Chief Sippert said.
A proclamation read by Township Supervisor Karyn Miller recognized Jones as a “thoughtful employee” and “integral part of the day to day operations” at the police station.
“Lynn Jones is known for her dependability, truthfulness and dedication to the mission of the police department.” She provided “exceptional clerical support for the detectives including maintaining files, submitting mandated reports, transcribing interviews, keeping statistics and maintaining the police evidence room.
Chief Sippert noted that Jones’ 26 years of service combined with that of her husband Tim Jones, who retired from the police department in 2014 after 31 years, totals nearly 60 years of combined service from the Jones family.
Given Jones’ notice of her retirement plans, Chief Sippert said the police department began an extensive search to find her replacement. Adhering to the collective bargaining agreement, the job was first offered to township clerical employees. None applied.
The job was then advertised publicly and drew 15 applicants by the filing deadline. Ten of those were called in to take a written exam and nine responded. The exam measured proficiency in grammar, spelling, basic filing skills, and data proofing.
Candidates who scored 70 percent of higher on the exam were invited back for personal interviews. Each qualified applicant also underwent a typing test measuring speed and accuracy.
Murphy was the top scoring candidate. She holds an associate’s degree in General Science from Delta Community College and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Ferris State University.
The clerical II position is budgeted, Chief Sippert said.