Macomb County: Spranger's deputy clerk dismissed

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News
Deputy Macomb County Clerk Jackie Ryan holds up a letter stating she's been placed on administrative leave March 28 in the wake of County Clerk Karen Spranger’s ouster. Shortly after, temporary acting county clerk Kathy Brower dismissed Ryan from her position.

The deputy clerk of controversial former Macomb County Clerk Karen Spranger has officially been discharged from her post, a county official said Thursday.

Jackie Ryan, who was appointed by Spranger, has been terminated from her job, said John Schapka, Macomb County corporation counsel.

Ryan's dismissal came hours after she was placed on a paid administrative leave and hours after the chief judge of Macomb County circuit court appointed a temporary clerk to replace Spranger. 

"The new interim clerk was appointed in accordance with state law at approximately 3 p.m. Wednesday and by 4 p.m. she had terminated Jackie Ryan's appointment as deputy/Register of Deeds," Schapka said. "Under state law, the (county) clerk may appoint a deputy, which was Jackie Ryan's position. And where the clerk has the power to appoint, the clerk inherently has the power to un-appoint. The new clerk simply exercised her new authority." 

On Wednesday, Ryan and county officials said the deputy clerk had been placed on a paid administrative leave after a St. Clair County Circuit Court judge had ruled Spranger wasn't eligible to be elected Macomb County Clerk because she didn't meet residency requirements.

Ryan said Spranger plans to appeal the judge's decision.

Also Wednesday, Chief Macomb County Circuit Judge James Biernat named Kathy Brower as the temporary acting county clerk.

All Macomb Circuit Court judges are scheduled to meet April 13 to choose an appointee to fill out of remainder of Spranger’s term until the next election. The meeting is open to the public.

Applications for Macomb County Clerk must be submitted to the county court's Administration by 4:30 a.m. April 6.