Chris Roerig Sworn In As New Saugatuck Township Supervisor
Highlighting his experience, the Saugatuck Township Board unanimously appointed and swore in Chris Roerig as the new township supervisor during a special public meeting on Tuesday afternoon.
“I hope to bring experience, be a good ally to the board and move forward. This township has a lot of good things, a growing tax base, an opportunity to provide more and more service to its residents,” said Roerig, a former township trustee form 2000 to 2012 and, previously, parks commission member for four years, upon being elected.
Roerig also served as deputy supervisor and is currently serving as township representative on the Saugatuck Township Fire District Board.
While not being explicit, Roerig did allude to the trying period the township is currently going through (i.e., all his colleagues face recall; and an ongoing dispute with the fire department) when he said, “It’s time to move forward. I hope I can be the start of that.”
Roerig’s experience and impartiality were highlighted in the number of recommendations and public endorsement he got on the part of residents, former township supervisor Jon Phillips, and even that of other applicants to the township supervisor position.
Roerig’s nomination comes on the heels of former township supervisor Jon Phillips exposing on his political Facebook account and revealing to The Local Observer that the township board had “a plan to put Doug Lane in as supervisor,” not Roerig.
In an email response to an inquiry about the supposed move, Lane conceded to the newspaper, “I said to jon [sic] (Phillips) that I might put my hat in the ring for the job.”
Well, Lane did not put his hat in the ring after all. Those who did, besides Roerig, included three others: Don Olendorf, an attorney for the multi-client Lansing-based lobbying firm Karoub Associates; Terry Burns, former county commissioner; and Becky Israels, current township ZBA member and previous Holland City Council member.
They all ended up withdrawing their candidacies—citing various reasons for doing so—following last week’s Wednesday meeting where they all had a chance to speak about what they could bring to the table.
Phillips resigned from his post on March 16 because he recently moved to Zeeland, MI and could no longer legally hold office in the township.