REED CITY: Clerk resigns; new clerk approved

REED CITY – After serving as Reed City clerk for 18 years, Jane Wekenman retired suddenly Feb. 3.

In a resignation letter given to Reed City manager Ron Marek the same day she vacated the office, Wekenmen stated simply, “I am notifying you of my immediate retirement effective Feb. 3.”

“It was just time and that was what I did,” Wekenmen said.

The city must now appoint an interim clerk. At the time of deadline, action was planned for the city council meeting Tuesday.

“It is my recommendation to appoint Jackie Beam as interim clerk for a six-month period,” Marek said.

Deputy clerk Jackie Beam has been carrying out the clerk’s duties since Wekenmen’s unexpected departure. She was expected to be named interim clerk. The council meeting was held after the Pioneer went to press.

The Reed City clerk works in the city hall with the city manager and two other full-time office staff — the treasurer and deputy clerk.

During the six month period in which an interim clerk will hold office, the city will post the position to fill the full-time job.

Wekenmen had the election accreditation required by the state of Michigan to administrate elections and would have done so for the Feb. 28 presidential primary election.

In Wekenmen’s absence, Beam will administrate the election.

“We have verified with the state of Michigan that Mrs. Beam was accredited in 2003,” said Osceola County clerk Karen Bluhm.

The elections would have typically been administrated by both the clerk and the deputy clerk, and Bluhm will be available to help with the Reed City elections but said she has duties elsewhere in the county that day.

“I’m there to assist all of my clerks, but there is a limit to what I can do,” Bluhm said.

Wekenmen said she enjoyed her job, and her retirement had nothing to do with the timing of upcoming elections.

“The people that came in were great, and I liked (my job),” Wekenmen said.

The city council meeting will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, at Reed City City Hall.

— After serving as Reed City clerk for 18 years, Jane Wekenman retired suddenly Feb. 3.

In a resignation letter given to Reed City manager Ron Marek the same day she vacated the office, Wekenman stated simply, “I am notifying you of my immediate retirement effective Feb. 3.”

“It was just time and that was what I did,” Wekenmen said.

The city must now appoint an interim clerk, which will be done at the city council meeting Tuesday, Marek said. The Reed City clerk works in the city hall with the city manager and two other full-time office staff – a treasurer and deputy clerk.

Deputy clerk Jackie Beam has been carrying out the clerk’s duties since Wekenmen’s unexpected departure. In the six month period, the city will post the position to fill the full-time job.

“It is my recommendation to appoint Jackie Beam as interim clerk for a six-month period,” Marek said.

Wekenmen had the election accreditation required by the state of Michigan to administrate elections and would have done so for the Feb. 28 Republican presidential primary election.

In Wekenmen’s absence, Beam will administrate the election.

“We have verified with the state of Michigan that Mrs. Beam was accredited in 2003,” said Osceola County clerk Karen Bluhm.

The elections would have typically been administrated by both the clerk and the deputy clerk, and Bluhm will be available to help with the Reed City elections but said she has duties elsewhere in the county that day.

“I’m there to assist all of my clerks, but there is a limit to what I can do,” Bluhm said.

Wekenmen said she enjoyed her job, and her retirement had nothing to do with the timing of upcoming elections.

“The people that came in were great, and I liked (my job),” Wekenmen said.

The city council meets at 7 p.m on Tuesday at Reed City City Hall.