Meeting to name Macomb Co. clerk delayed until May
So many people are seeking to replace ousted Macomb County Clerk Karen Spranger, officials have postponed deciding on who takes her seat.
Macomb Circuit Court judges were scheduled to meet Friday to appoint a replacement to complete the remainder of Spranger’s term until the next election. However, “the large number of interested applicants” who filed paperwork before the deadline last week forced coordinators to reschedule a hearing to select that successor for noon May 7, Chief Judge James Biernat Jr. said in a statement Tuesday.
“Given the judges’ busy schedules, and the surprising number of applicants to fill this vacancy, it just isn’t realistic for the judges to review the resumes and cover letters submitted by this Friday,” he said. “In fairness to all of the applicants, I want to be sure that the judges have adequate time to review the resumes carefully.”
Court representatives did not immediately respond to questions Tuesday about the number of applicants and who applied for the position.
In March, after months of political turmoil, litigation and conflict, Spranger was removed from office. St. Clair County Circuit Judge Daniel Kelly ruled the Republican clerk, who had been accused of falsifying her address, failed to meet the residency requirements to serve as Macomb clerk.
Spranger, who narrowly won the November 2016 election, has maintained that a Warren house was her legal residence and recently called on other authorities to reverse her ouster.
In the wake of the removal, her appointed deputy, Jackie Ryan, also was terminated.
Biernat named Kathy Brower, a Macomb County employee since 1992 who most recently was the Circuit Court’s caseload manager, as temporary clerk.
Brower has said she is not interested in seeking the role full-time.
The meeting next month to appoint a clerk is open to the public. It will take place in the 16th Judicial Circuit Court jury room on the first floor of the county building in Mount Clemens, officials said.