Thursday, February 23, 2023

Northville Township clerk, trustee to switch jobs

Roger Lundberg Cynthia Jankowski  
Two Northville Township elected officials will switch jobs and titles next month, following the resignation of Township Clerk Roger Lundberg.

Lundberg submitted his resignation during the Feb. 16 meeting of the board of trustees, effective next month. The board immediately appointed current Trustee Cynthia Jankowski to complete his unexpired term as township clerk. The trustees then appointed resigning clerk, Lundberg, to fill the vacancy on the board created by Jankowski's appointment to his previous position.  

Lundberg said he is stepping down from the full-time position as township clerk to spend more time with his wife, Jeanne, his two children and three grandchildren.

“It was an honor and pleasure to be elected to the office of township clerk,” said  Lundberg. 

“I have thoroughly enjoyed the past two years working for you and look forward to serving as trustee. As trustee, I do plan to stay actively involved in Legacy Park's development, our pathways committee and other township activities,” Lundberg said in his letter of resignation. 

During his tenure as clerk, Lundberg upgraded the video surveillance monitoring of the election drop box; introduced a first-ever spring Shred-It event for residents while retaining the fall Shred-It event; added an electronic document management system to store documents as part of the office records management responsibility and facilitated a quarterly homeowners association forum, among other accomplishments. 

“Residents will see the same faces in slightly different places,” said Northville Township Supervisor Mark J. Abbo. “This gives the township the important continuity that the clerk position demands, while also respecting the voice of the voters from the 2020 election.” 

Both changes take effect March 16. 

Abbo said he's confident Jankowski will continue the high level of service that Lundberg has provided during his tenure. 

“As a paralegal and former president of the Northville Board of Education, Trustee Jankowski has proven leadership,” Abbo said. “She also worked closely with Roger on clerk-related responsibilities during her time on the board of trustees, and we are happy that she's expressed an interest in the position. Her willingness to accept this new role will serve our community well,” he said. 

Jankowski served on the Northville Board of Education for nine years, with three terms as president. In 2020, she was elected to the board of trustees and has served on the Senior Advisory Commission and Northville Youth Network Committee. She also is a leasing coordinator for a local developer and a 15-year paralegal. 

“It has been a pleasure working with Roger, and I am excited to have the opportunity to follow in his footsteps,” Jankowski said. “With the passage of Proposal 2 last year, there will be a lot of changes in election law. I am looking forward to the opportunity to ensure that every vote is counted, and that our elections are safe and secure.” 

This appointment process follows state law MCL 168.370, which governs how townships fill vacant offices, according to a prepared statement from township officials.