New position will help handle expanded early voting days

Zoey Hallam has experience with 911 dispatch, fire department.
Zoey Hallam started in the Laketown Township office Nov. 28.

Laketown Township’s new office team member will be helping with expanding election responsibilities.

Zoey Hallam started in the Laketown Township office Nov. 28, assisting Deputy Clerk Jenifer French with election preparations for the newly mandated early in-person voting rules that go into effect for the Feb. 27 presidential primary election.

“Zoey is a great addition to the Laketown office team,” said township Manager Al Meshkin. “She’s a nice mix of hard working and easy to work with.”

Experience

Hallam came to the area for school.

“I came to West Michigan for Hope College and never left,” she said. “I spent the last several years with Ottawa County Central Dispatch as a 911 dispatcher, and Graafschap Fire as a firefighter/EMT.”

She was looking for a position with a better home-work life balance.

“When Laketown posted the position in the office I jumped at the chance. I’ll be learning all that I can and look forward to meeting you if you stop by to visit,” she said.

She will stay with Graafschap Fire Department as an on-call firefighter.

“I love this area,” she said. “It’s an area rich in parks/trails/events and I hope to continue to engrain myself into this community. Thank you for accepting me into this space and I hope to serve you well!”

The township is also hiring another position to fill an opening left when Deputy Treasurer Charlene Fields retired earlier this year. Fields has been helping with taxes and other financial issues on a seasonal basis.

Early voting

The township board on Dec. 13 approved a resolution for early voting.

Voters in all three precincts will do early voting at the township hall, 4338 Beeline Road, for nine days prior to an election, including weekends. Early voting hours will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.