Thursday, May 12, 2022

Township names trustee as new treasurer

Robert Doroshewitz
The new Plymouth Township Treasurer is a familiar face to most residents.

Trustee Rob Doroshewitz was named to the full-time position on April 26 following the resignation of Mark Clinton citing health issues. Doroshewitz will serve the remainder of Clinton's term which expires at the end of 2024. Doroshewitz has served on the board of trustees since 2004. 

Clinton was elected to the treasurer's position in 2016 and suffered an undisclosed medical emergency about six months ago, impacting his ability to attend meetings and continue his employment, culminating in his resignation.

Doroshewitz was named to the position with an annual salary of $105,505 one week after Clinton submitted his official letter of resignation, which prompted questions from Trustee Chuck Curmi.

Curmi asked if the position had been posted and Township Clerk Jerry Vorva said that the vacancy was posted on the agenda and announced the previous week  when Clinton resigned.

In response to Curmi's comment that it seemed the appointment was on “short notice, Township Supervisor Kurt Heise said that Clinton stressed the urgency of filling the position in his letter of resignation, due to the upcoming summer tax bills. 

Resident Steven Birmingham also criticized the timing of the appointment noting that this is an elected position. Birmingham said he thought more exploration of a solution should have taken place and that the appointment was “rushed.”

Doroshewitz' appointment was by unanimous vote of the trustees.

In a separate vote, trustees approved a $25,000 raise for Deputy Treasurer Amy Hammye.  Heise told the trustees that Hammye's workload had increased significantly during Clinton's absence.

Curmi cast the lone no vote on the motion.