FLINT TWP. —The newly elected township board of trustees was sworn in on Monday before a packed house of well-wishers. They are Supervisor Karyn Miller, starting her third term; newly elected Clerk Kathy Funk and Treasurer Lisa Anderson; returning trustees Frank Kasle and Barbara Vert and newly elected trustees Carol Pfaff-Dahl and Tom Klee.
Police Chief George Sippert conducted the ceremony and departing Clerk Kim Courts administered the Oath of Office.
Sippert quoted the late Dr. Martin Luther King, who said: “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
In his 12 years as Chief of Police, Sippert said he has served with men and women on the township board who have met the challenges and stood for what is right in times of controversy. He expressed confidence that the new town- ship board will uphold those principles.
“We look forward to the next four years as we move our township forward,” Sippert said.
He provided brief biographies and anecdotes about his experiences with each board member.
Miller’s election to a third term as supervisor is a first since the enactment of four-year terms, he said.
He shared a story about running into Anderson at circuit court where they recognized as each other as familiar faces but were not sure where they had met.
“We will get to know each other better over the years,’’ he said.
He mentioned Vert’s service on the parks and recreation board and at the senior center. Kasle, on the board since 2007, is now the longest serving board member who has also held a variety of leadership roles.
Klee is no stranger to many having served 17 years as the voice of the Cavaliers, the announcer at Carman- Ainsworth athletic events.
Also sworn in were Tracey Tucker as the new deputy clerk and Angie Thygesen as the new deputy treasurer.
Tucker, who also is building director and economic enhancement director, most recently served as deputy treasurer under departing treasurer Marsha Binelli, who did not win reelection. Chaplain Jerry Foster gave the invocation and closing prayer.
The first official meeting of the new township board will be on Monday, December 5 at 7 p.m.