By SUE SUCHYTA
Sunday Times Newspapers
TAYLOR – The City Council approved retired school principal Michelle Tocco as city treasurer Aug. 6, filling the vacancy left by Ed Bourassa’s resignation following a legal settlement with the city.
A provision in the Taylor city charter requires the city council to appoint a treasurer for the balance of Bourassa’s remaining term, which exceeds two years. The part-time position pays an annual salary of $32,900, with no benefit package.
The council voted on two nominees at the Aug. 6 council meeting, with nominee Thomas Nestor falling short of approval by one vote. Tocco was voted on next, and received confirming votes from Council Chairman Tim Woolley and Council members Daniel Bzura, Angela Croft and Angie Winton, with Charley Johnson opposed, and Caroline Patts and Butch Ramik abstaining.
Following the affirmative vote, Tocco was sworn in by City Clerk Cynthia Bower.
Woolley extended his congratulations, and Tocco said she was looking forward to serving the city.
“I want to thank every resident who showed interested in the position,” Woolley said. “We had a lot of candidates, and some very, very good interviews. There was clearly a core group of good candidates. I think I can speak for the entire City Council in saying that we look forward to working with Michelle Tocco.”
Tocco recently retired from the Taylor School District, where she served as principal of Hoover Middle School from 2013 to 2019, and Blair Moody Elementary from 2007 to 2013. She was assistant principal at the former Brake Junior High for two years, and from 1992 to 2007 taught at both the elementary and secondary school level.
She earned both a bachelor of arts in elementary education and a Master’s in leadership from Eastern Michigan University.
(Sue Suchyta can be reached at [email protected])