By Lonnie Huhman,
Nancy Hedberg sees her role as Scio Township Clerk as being a community servant.
She said she’s, “simply here to do my very best to serve our residents.”
She describes the role of clerk as being both a generalist and a specialist with institutional knowledge of an endless list of responsibilities.
She said, “We clerks have the opportunity to interact with the public more often than most government officials, and in carrying out day to day obligations, it has been my privilege to serve as a problem-solver, a teacher, a mentor, a resource, and sometimes a referee.”
After serving for over a decade in the role, Hedberg will be retiring this spring, but before she does so she is also being honored.
She has been selected as “Township Clerk of the Year” for the state of Michigan by the Michigan Association of Municipal Clerks.
Commending Hedberg, Scio Township Supervisor Jack Knowles announced both of these developments at the Dexter Forum on April 6.
“It’s pretty exciting, and an incredible honor,” Hedberg said of the honor bestowed upon her by the state-wide organization with over 800 members that works to promote, enhance and encourage the professional development and standing of municipal clerks through cooperation, communication and education.
It’s a great way for her to go off into the sunset because come May 31, she will retire.
“What an honor it has been to serve as Clerk in Scio Township!”
“I am so proud of the work that we have done and continue to do to make our community one of the best,” she said.
Hedberg has been clerk for Scio since she was elected in November 2008. She had previously served on the township Planning Commission, in various roles, from 1987 to 1998 as well as from 2001 to 2004, and served on the township’s Board of Review from 1998 until 2008.
In recalling why she sought the role of clerk, she said in 2007, she was asked by friends and other elected officials to consider running for the position.
She did and was elected in 2008, and would be two more times in 2012 and 2016.
In thinking about the job of a clerk, she said, “It’s a much bigger job than anyone might ever think. The clerk is responsible for so many things in township government.”
Out of the many duties, Hedberg said she feels particularly proud of the work she’s done in the area of elections in the township. From helping to keep the township updated on its voting equipment to training and running organized voting days, Hedberg has tried to make voting the best it can be in Scio.
The Township Board will have 45 days after May 31 to appoint someone to the clerk’s position, and in November 2020 the seat will appear on the ballot. All of the township board will be up for re-election at that time.
As far as what’s next for her, Hedberg said, “Lots of things!”
“Traveling more often to visit with family and friends, spending more time at our cottage, and doing a lot more weaving,” she said and added she would also do more volunteering, gardening and walking/hiking/swimming.