Outgoing Ontwa Township treasurer Meryl Christensen elected to board of trustees

ONTWA TOWNSHIP — A familiar face will be joining the Ontwa Township board of trustees next year.

According to election results, outgoing township treasurer Meryl Christensen will be joining Dawn Bolock, Jeff Kozinski and Dan Stutsman on the township’s board of trustees.

Bolock, Kozinski and Stutsman were re-elected for their second terms. Kozinski led all vote-getters with 2,216 votes, Bolock had 2,164 and Stutsman 2,020. Christensen earned 2,184 votes to claim the seat held by outgoing trustee Jerry Duck.

Tina VanBelle won the clerk’s position with 2,523 votes. She was running unopposed.

Also running unopposed was Sharen Leist, who won the treasurer’s position with 2,518 votes. Jerry Marchetti won the supervisor’s position unopposed with a total of 2,502 votes.

Christensen is retiring from her role as treasurer after 17 years at the helm. Her last day is Nov. 20.

“I’ve been very active in the community and still want to be involved,” she said. “After years as a treasurer, I think I can help the community as a trustee.”
Christensen hopes to stay on the police board, a position she is very passionate about.
“I have enjoyed knowing what is going on in the police department,” Christensen said. “The police department, our ambulance service team and our fire department are very important to the township. The police department is a service that we as a community both need and want.”

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