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Who has authority over deputy clerks and deputy treasurers?

Township clerks have authority over deputy clerks and township treasurers have authority over deputy treasurers. Under Michigan Township Law, “[t]he township clerk shall appoint a deputy, who shall serve at the pleasure of the clerk.” MCL 41.69.  Likewise, “[t]he treasurer shall appoint a deputy, who shall serve at the pleasure of the treasurer.” MCL 41.77. However, in the absence, sickness, death, or other disability of the clerk or treasurer, the deputy shall possess the powers and perform the duties of the clerk or treasurer, respectively, with the exception of having a vote on the township board.

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