Township board members say goodbye after election losses

DAVISON TWP. — It was, at times, an emotional goodbye as four members of the Davison Township Board of Trustees wrapped up their final meeting after retiring or losing their seats in the recent general election.

Departing the board after the Nov. 9 regular meeting are Supervisor Tim Elkins, Treasurer Patrick Miller and Trustee Travis Howell. Elkins and Miller lost to their opponents in Nov. 3 general election, while Howell ran for clerk and was defeated in the August primary.

Clerk Cindy Shields is also departing, but she chose not to run for re-election this year.

Miller said he has enjoyed the 16 years he served at treasurer and will miss the people he served with on the board, as well as the staff at the township offices.

“The township is in capable hands,” he said. “To the new board, I’d like to say rely on the personnel they have here and don’t try to fix something that is not broken. We have the best employees in this township, we’re debt free and we’re turning the corner on many things.”

Shields extended her thanks to Township Attorney David Lattie and she said it had been a pleasure serving with Elkins.

“It was my honor to serve with him as clerk. He was open to my ideas, from the mission statement to the purchasing policy,” she said. We’ve accomplished a great deal…it’s been my pleasure to serve alongside you.”

She also praised the staff, spoke highly of the police department and its “long standing excellence”, and noted the township has the “busiest senior center in county.”

Howell, who served two years on the board, thanked the other board members for welcoming him to the board.

“You answered all my questions,” he said of his fellow board members. “I took away something from these past two years that I can pass on. I’m excited to see what plans the new board has and I wish the next board good luck.”

Elkins, who has also served on the board for 16 years, the past two years as supervisor, said it had also been a pleasure for him to serve with the board and he said he is proud of what they accomplished.

“Sixteen years went by in the blink of an eye,” said Elkins “So many projects, it’s mind-blowing sometimes to look back on it. It’s been fun – it’s been an honor to serve the community. All in all, it’s been a fun ride.”

Trustee Matthew Karr, the only returning board member, congratulated incoming treasurer Tim Green and fellow trustee Lori Tallman, both of whom were in the audience. He then praised each of the outgoing board members.

Elected as supervisor was Jim Slezak and the new clerk will be Mary Miller.

The entire board will be sworn in on Nov. 20 at 10 a.m. at the Davison Township Municipal Offices, 1280 N. Irish Rd.