By JAMES MITCHELL
Sunday Times Newspapers
TAYLOR — After nearly eight months since the city last had a treasurer on staff, the City Council appointed former Lincoln Consolidated Schools Supt. Lynn Cleary to the position.
Cleary, a Taylor resident, retired in June 2011 from her post with the Ypsilanti school district after a 30-plus year education career.
Although the appointment was made during the regular city council meeting Tuesday, Cleary’s acceptance of the position wasn’t confirmed until Thursday. Mayor Jeffrey Lamarand said that Cleary was in Florida, and after settling personal business is expected to be on the job by March 12.
Cleary was unavailable for comment prior to press time. The nomination was approved Tuesday by Councilors John Delo, Rick Sollars, Dennis Stapleton and Suzanne Weycker. Cleary advised Lamarand and city council of her acceptance by email Thursday.
Former city treasurer Wayne Avery resigned in June 2011, and early attempts to replace him included the appointment of City Councilwoman Jaclyn Molner in August. That appointment was quickly vetoed by Lamarand, who said that Molner neglected to resign her council position before accepting a second elected or appointed office. Further discussion gave way to political distractions last fall when Lamarand faced a failed recall election in November; soon after the city’s looming budget deficit dictated priorities other than filling the treasurer’s office.
“The one thing we did agree on was that we needed to move forward,” City Council Chairwoman Cheryl Burke said. “It got set aside, but our current budget and finance director is retiring soon, and we needed to take action.”
Cleary will be sworn in to office at a future city council meeting.
(James Mitchell can be reached at [email protected])