Greenwood: Instead of complaining about Secretary of State workers, get hired as one
Hey, you know how you’re always complaining about the people who work behind the counter at your local Michigan Secretary of State office?
How would you like to be one?
The SOS is hiring people to work behind the counter at their branch offices all across the state. Duties include processing driver’s licenses, titles, registrations, permits and voter registrations for Michigan residents.
The official position is state worker and the job pays $11 per hour for up to 40 hours of work a week.
■ High school diploma or GED.
■ U.S. citizenship.
■ Pre-employment drug test and background check.
■ Valid and unrestricted Michigan driver’s license.
Preferred candidates will be those who have experience working in a customer service role that involves general clerical tasks, cash handling and good communication skills.
For more information on becoming one of “them,” visit Michigan.gov/statejobs, keyword Department of State.
While we’re at it, you might like to know that the SOS has suspended the licenses of five Detroit used vehicle dealers after investigating a web of dodgy auto transactions.
The suspended dealerships:
■ Hende Auto Parts, a used-vehicle and used-vehicle parts dealer, 9201 Freeland, licensed since 2012.
■ Best Price Auto Sale Inc., 8594 Greenfield, licensed since 2014.
■ Sold Auto Sale Inc., 18920 W. Warren, licensed since 2011.
■ Big 3 Auto Sales Inc., 13155 Plymouth, licensed since 2011.
■ A One Auto Sales Inc., 19424 W. Warren, licensed since 2013.
According to SOS Ruth Johnson, an investigation found that the dealerships committed fraudulent acts in connection with selling autos plus numerous record-keeping violations.
In particular, the licensee of Hende Auto Parts was arrested by Detroit police during their investigation of Best Price Auto, where a recent search by police resulted in the seizure of more than 30 vehicles and the discovery of stolen auto parts. Criminal charges are pending against people associated with both dealerships for possession of stolen vehicles and parts.
Hende employees also are also under investigation for fraudulently obtaining or attempting to obtain clear Michigan titles for salvage vehicles.
The dealers are entitled to an administrative hearing to contest the suspension, but until then they are closed for business.
M-14/I-96: In Livonia, one lane EB will be open between Sheldon and Newburgh from 9 tonight until 5 a.m. Monday.
M-153 (Ford Road): In Canton Township, the WB ramp to NB and SB I-275 will close from 8 p.m. tonight until 5 a.m. Monday for repairs.
I-75: In Detroit, NB near I-94, between Ferry and Piquette, will have lane closures from 9 tonight until 5 a.m. Monday
I-75: In Detroit, the two right lanes NB from Dearborn to Clark will be closed from 7 tonight until 5 a.m. Monday for repairs.
I-75: In Auburn Hills, two lanes NB and SB will be closed from 10 p.m. Saturday until 5 a.m. Sunday for construction.
I-375: In Detroit, the right lane on the SB ramp to Madison will be closed from 9 a.m. today until July 6.
I-94: In Belleville, only one lane WB will be open from Rawsonville to Wayne roads from 9 tonight until 5 a.m. Monday for road work.
M-3 (Gratiot): In Mount Clemens, NB will be closed between Church and Market from 6 p.m. until midnight tonight for fireworks.
M-10 (Lodge Freeway): In Detroit, one lane SB will be open from Meyers to Chicago from 9 tonight until 5 a.m. Monday for road work. On-ramp closures include: Meyers, McNichols, Livernois, Glendale and Webb.
M-59: In Rochester, the WB M-59 ramp to M-150 (Rochester Road) will be closed nightly 9 p.m.-5 a.m. the next day starting tonight until Sunday for road work.