| 2 min read | By Lonnie Huhman, firstname.lastname@example.org |
After helping lead Scio Township over the past three years, township manager Bryce Kelley has decided to retire at the end of this year.
In the meantime, the township has initiated a search for the next person to step into the role that helps lead the day to day operations of the township.
Kelley, who is currently out of the office for an extended period due to a personal matter, has served as the township manager since 2016. Prior to that, he served as city administrator in Southgate. In previous roles, he’s also worked with Wayne County and served 12 years as the director of planning and economic development for the Charter Township of Van Buren.
In announcing the changes in the township’s community newsletter, Scio Township Supervisor Jack Knowles said Kelley’s knowledge of governmental operations and “can do” attitude will be missed.
“I have known Bryce for over 20 years, and interfaced with him in a number of municipal positions he held during that time,” Knowles said. “He brought to the position of township manager a broad depth of knowledge and experience in governmental operations and management. We in Scio have all benefited from this.”
Knowles said in many ways Kelley was the face of the township because of his job. He said Kelley was always willing and open to hearing from residents.
“His open-door policy and willingness to sit down and talk with anyone about any issue made him an invaluable resource for us all,” Knowles said. “Every one of us around the township hall will miss his uplifting personality and positive spirit.”
In finding his replacement, the township has engaged a search firm to assist. Knowles said they were in the township hall about two weeks ago to talk with staff and others that interact regularly with the manager.
“From those discussions and other information supplied, they were developing a community profile and other information to use in their advertising and for preliminary talks with qualified candidates,” Knowles said.
The “job ad” is now out there and responses are due by the end of October. Knowles said given the time of year, with the holidays coming up, the process will likely slow down a bit, but he’s hopeful, “that we will have the new person on board by the end of January.”
During Kelley’s absence, Knowles will be handling most of the issues and responsibilities that were on his plate.
In other important roles for Scio, the township is also winding down its search for its next full-time fire chief. Doug Armstrong is currently the township’s interim Fire Chief, and Jon Ichesco is the Director of Fire Services.
The township will be holding a “Meet and Greet” for the general public to interact/meet with the fire chief candidates from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at Township Hall.