Board seeking applicants for open trustee position

Deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. Aug. 4.
The Laketown Township Board of Trustees. Front from left: Supervisor Linda Howell and Clerk Amber Davis. Back from left, Trustee Jim Johnson, Treasurer Gary Dewey and Trustee Jim Delaney.

Laketown Township is looking for a new township board trustee after the recent resignation of its longtime treasurer.

Applications for the trustee position should be submitted by 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4, at the township office, 4338 Beeline Road or via email at An application form is available on the website under “Boards & Commissions” and scroll to the bottom of the page for the link. A letter of interest and/or a resume is also recommended.

An applicant must be a resident of the township and a registered voter.

The board will choose the new trustee by Sept. 13. The person will serve through the November 2024 election.

The trustee position opened after Treasurer Gary Dewey announced his retirement effective July 31 after more than 30 years on the board. The board appointed Trustee Jim Johnson on July 12 to the treasurer position, thus opening the trustee seat.

Johnson has been a trustee on the township board since 2019. He has served on the parks and recreation commission and zoning board of appeals and is now a planning commission member.

“I believe we as the board of Laketown Township have a fiduciary duty to act in the best interests of our taxpayers/citizens,” he wrote on his application for the treasurer position.

Johnson is senior director of business development for Granger in Grand Rapids.

The Laketown Township board meets twice a month – a 5 p.m. workshop on the first Wednesday of each month and the 6 p.m. regular meeting on the second Wednesday of the month. Trustees serve on other boards or commissions, such as the planning commission, zoning board of appeals or other body as appointed by the supervisor or board.

A trustee is paid $5,000 a year.

The board is made up of five people – supervisor, clerk, treasurer and two trustees.