ESCANABA - Escanaba Township appointed a local resident to serve as interim township supervisor during a special board meeting held Tuesday.
The vacancy was created when long-time Township Supervisor Kevin Dubord resigned during the Sept. 10 meeting at the township hall. Dubord was supervisor for 28 years and had planned to run for re-election in November. He cited health-related issues as the reason for his resignation.
The township appointed Holly Rau to temporarily fill the vacant supervisor position until a permanent supervisor is elected on Nov 6. Rau was the only candidate who expressed interest in the interim position, said township officials.
Individuals seeking to run as write-in candidates for the Escanaba Township supervisor position have until Oct. 26 to submit the required paperwork to the township clerk. Candidates must file an affidavit of their intention to run as a write-in candidate in the election, explained Delta County Clerk Nancy Kolich.
This form must be submitted to Escanaba Township Clerk Patricia Beauchamp by 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26.
Kolich said Dubord's name will still appear on the upcoming ballot because his resignation came too late to remove it from the document. If Dubord wins the Nov. 6 election over the Independent candidate or write-ins, he can choose to not accept the position, Kolich said.
"The township board would then appoint a supervisor until the next general election in two years," she explained. An appointment would be made by Nov. 20 when township offices are required to swear in new officers, she said.
During a telephone interview on Tuesday, Dubord said he enjoyed his work as superintendent of the second-largest township in the county. Escanaba Township has its own zoning board and fire department, he noted.