Side Bar - Due diligence not part of BOC’s decision on abstract department

John Tarrant

Last week’s issue of The Review carried a front page story about the decision by the Antrim County Board of Commissioners (BOC) to continue the operation of its abstract office as a separate department, meaning that Antrim County will continue to be the only county among Michigan’s 83 to continue with a stand alone abstract office. That in itself should not worry Antrim County’s taxpayers, but the manner by which the commissioners arrived at that decision should. The issue came up as a result of the announcement by the current director of the Abstract Department, Theresa Kent, that she plans to retire in June.
In a memo dated March 2 to the finance committee, which includes the entire Board of Commissioners, County Administrator, Pete Garwood outlined the various options on the table for restructuring direction of the Abstract Department. Those options included keeping the department in the same location but without a department head with services provided by the current Assistant Director and one part-time employee with both employees being supervised by the County Administrator. Another option was to put the Abstract Department under the Treasurer with the Assistant Director continuing to work in the department and the Treasurer cross-training some of her employees to do abstract work as well as their treasurer duties, which could mean the current part-timer in abstract would not be needed as much.

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