Village president ends discussion on ethics report

Dennis Mansfield, Contributing Writer

KALKASKA – After a heated and often emotional discussion of The Millar Report, an investigation of ethic allegations made by Kalkaska Village Treasurer Jennifer Standerfer, Village President Harley Wales issued a clear and somewhat forceful statement that enough is enough.

“This will never be on the agenda again,” said Wales, after an intense debate at the Kalkaska Village Council’s regular meeting Monday, Oct. 8.

“We’re all going to get along,” Wales added. “Or, we’re not going to be working together.”

The council authorized spending more than $13,000 on the ethics investigation that revealed very little evidence, as far as potential violations by former Village President Jeff Sieting, current Village Manager Scott Yost and retired Lt. Glenn Artress of the Kalkaska Department of Public Safety.

The resulting document, titled “The Millar Report,” is the result of a five-page letter by Standerfer that was presented to the council in January that accused  Sieting, Yost and Artress of 13 alleged instances of potential ethics violations.

However, attorney Todd Millar of the Traverse City law firm of Swogger, Bruce & Millar and author of the report, found little to validate most of Standerfer’s accusations.

Standerfer fired the opening salvo at Monday’s meeting, criticizing the report and disagreeing with many, of if not most, of Millar’s findings.Read the full story in our regular edition of The Review. To subscribe to the paper for just $34 a year, which includes access to our full online e-edition, please go to the subscription page on this website at:



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