2017-08-31 / News

Changing of the Guard Approaches for St. Ignace Clerk’s Office

By Erich T. Doerr


St. Ignace Assistant Clerk Andrea Insley (left) was selected earlier this year to take over the city’s clerk position from Reneé Vonderwerth when she retires early next year. Sherry Cece (right) has been hired in the assistant clerk role. Mrs. Insley will start formal training for the clerk position with Mrs. Vonderwerth Friday, September 1. St. Ignace Assistant Clerk Andrea Insley (left) was selected earlier this year to take over the city’s clerk position from Reneé Vonderwerth when she retires early next year. Sherry Cece (right) has been hired in the assistant clerk role. Mrs. Insley will start formal training for the clerk position with Mrs. Vonderwerth Friday, September 1. Andrea Insley will be the new city clerk at St. Ignace and Sherry Cece has been hired to replace her as assistant city clerk. Training has begun they will be working with City Clerk Reneé Vonderwerth, who will retire in January 2018.

Mrs. Insley has been assistant clerk since May 2008. In her new role as clerk, she will be responsible for the quarterly and yearly tasks, while the daily, weekly, and monthly assignments fall to the assistant clerk. Mrs. Insley believes her job as the assistant, under Mrs. Vonderworth’s instruction, has already prepared her well.

Mrs. Cece lives in Epoufette, within the city’s allowable range for holding government jobs, but has worked in St. Ignace for decades and has many local connections. She spent the last 10 months working downtown at The Locker Room store. She began working for the city Monday, August 14, and started training with Mrs. Insley almost immediately.

Mrs. Insley “has a wealth of knowledge,” Mrs. Cece said. “She is a great person to learn from.”

Mrs. Cece has previous government experience from eight years as Hendricks Township clerk. She noted city clerks are employees of the municipal government while township clerks serve on the board of trustees. Mrs. Cece likes working with people after 19 years in the advertising and printing departments at The St. Ignace News. Her first weeks have focused on the learning the city’s computer system, documenting tax payments, and learning the various accounts and vendor codes the city uses.

Also leaving at the end of the year will be City Manager Les Therrian. Michael Stelmaszek has been hired to replace him. Bill Fraser will be the new superintendent of Public Works, a role also held by Mr. Therrian. Downtown Development Authority Director Deb Evashevski will also be leaving, and the DDA is seeking a replacement.

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