MONTCALM TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- After nearly two years of controversy in Montcalm Township, voters have approved a recall of their treasurer Phyllis Shilling.
By a 59%-41% vote, Shilling was recalled from office in Tuesdays election.
Supporters of the recall accused Shilling of being unable to carry out her job properly, charging that she: did not properly send out correct tax bills, failed to properly apply tax payments to the correct parcels of property, intentionally destroyed township records, did not deposit funds into the proper accounts, and was not able to reconcile cash collected with timely bank deposits.
In her response to the recall measure, Shilling countered that "no wrong doing on my behalf was found by the State Police, Prosecuting Attorney, State Treasury and Township Auditors." She called the recall effort "dirty politics" aimed at removing the people elected to office and taking the voice away from the voters.