Twelve residents interested in serving township
In the vacancy left by Trustee Rebecca Borek’s resignation from the Plainfield Township Board, a field of twelve candidates has been narrowed to two and a vote on the appointee will take place at the August 2 regular meeting.
Residents Ken Chester, Jim Idema, Kimberly Bryant, Jeanne Herlacher, Thomas Cable, Cynthia Vincent, Cathy Bottema, Gordan Oosterhouse, Ruth Karnes, Robert DeLand, Timothy Beals and Jay Spencer all applied for the position prior to the deadline. According to Trustee Vic Matthews, the board is required by law to fill the position within 45 days.
After interviews beginning at 5 p.m. Monday, July 18, the board had narrowed their initial choice of four residents to two. Cathy Bottema and Gordan Oosterhouse are the two remaining candidates after Jay Spencer and Cynthia Vincent were eliminated from the final choices.
“We had many very qualified candidates,” said Township Supervisor George Meek. He said the field of highly talented individuals made the choice very difficult. Borek resigned last month. Matthews called Borek a very intelligent and highly thought of person who has contributed much to the township during her years of service. “She will be missed,” he said.
Matthews said Borek had sited personal reasons for her departure and had asked her resignation to be accepted on June 6. The board did not accept her resignation until June 20 to give them more time to find her replacement. “She is leaving on the best of terms,” Matthews stated.