Council votes for attorneys to discuss treasurer’s potential work agreement

Dennis Mansfield, Contributing Writer

KALKASKA – Members of the Kalkaska Village Council failed to take action on a potential new work agreement with treasurer Jennifer Standerfer, instead voting to send the agreement back for more discussion between attorneys representing the two sides.

The council held a special meeting Monday, Oct. 22, with hopes of approving a new work agreement for Standerfer, who was previously suspended by former Village President Jeff Sieting and later issued a five-page letter that triggered a nearly $14,000 ethics investigation into alleged violations by Sieting, village manager Scott Yost and former Kalkaska Department of Public Safety Lt. Glenn Artress.

The proposed agreement had already been discussed by the council’s Personnel Committee during an Oct. 17 meeting, with the treasurer’s previous employment agreement having come up for review.

The new agreement would require Standerfer, who had been allowed to work at home, to work at the Kalkaska Village Offices on Hyde Street from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. The change met with the approval of council members, including current Village President Harley Wales, as it would allow the offices to stay open during lunch time.

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