Csokasy resignation accepted 4-3Published 9:33pm Wednesday, July 24, 2013
CASSOPOLIS — Divided 4-3, the Cass County Board of Commissioners’ vote at a special meeting Wednesday evening on Administrator Louis Csokasy’s abrupt resignation the morning after the July 18 meeting signaled support or the lack of it.
The majority is composed of Vice Chair Bernie Williamson, motion maker Clark Cobb, former chairman Robert Wagel and Annie File, with Chairman Skip Dyes, former chairman Robert Ziliak and Roseann Marchetti making up the minority.
“This motion is non-binding,” Ziliak, R-Milton Township, said. “We have no control whether we accept it or we don’t. The administrator is going to resign. I’d call it a show of support or a show of non-support. I’m hoping everyone votes no on this motion and somehow have him stay on. We’re going to be in a world of hurt as this county. Our recognition across the state is not going to be good. It’s going to be a bad situation to find somebody, and the reputation of the county is really going to suffer. I think this might lead to other resignations.”
“The last meeting we had was not our best meeting,” Marchetti, R-Edwardsburg, said. “I’m very disappointed. I was one of the people who went over the contract with Louie. Five of the people here approved that contract” minus Cobb, D-Dowagiac, who voted no last October, and Williamson, R-Jefferson Township, who was elected in November. “Everything, for the most part, that Louie has done has been according to that contract. I, for one, will be very sorry to see him go.”
Dyes started to comment, but Wagel said as a “point of order” he should relinquish his gavel to the vice chair.
Dyes appointed a three-member committee of Williamson, Marchetti and Ziliak to act as a liaison between the full board and its Building Authority on the vintage courthouse.