Candidates interviewed

Chocolay hones search for new manager


Journal Staff Writer

MARQUETTE –Two of the four candidates vying for the Chocolay Township manager position interviewed before members of the township board on Thursday.

The board held public interviews with Lois Bressette, former mayor of Clintonville, Wisconsin, and David Boyle, an engineer with OHM Advisors.

The two remaining applicants, current Chocolay Township Clerk Max Engle and a candidate who asked that his or her identity be kept confidential until the interview is confirmed, will go before the board at 6 p.m. Aug. 19.

The board also approved an unexecuted employment agreement as the official document governing the township manager position.

“What you have in the packet is a word-for-word copy of what I have, minus all my information in it,” outgoing Township Manager Jon Kangas told the board. “It’s got 2019 instead of 2017, and it’s fill-in-the-blank for whoever gets offered the job. I think it would be appropriate to adopt that as the standard employment agreement for the township manager because the last time it was discussed and edited, there was no formal action in the minutes. I think it would be good to have on record that official action was taken.”

The township budgeted $75,000 for the position in 2019, but the rate of pay going forward will be based on the selected candidate’s level of experience, officials said.

Kangas has accepted the position of superintendent of public works in Marquette Township. His last day with Chocolay Township is Sept. 15 due to a 90-day separation clause in the employment agreement.

Lisa Bowers can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 242. Her email address is lbowers@miningjournal.net.