Board of Trustees

The Fort Gratiot Charter Township Board is made up of the Supervisor, Clerk, Treasurer and four Trustees. These are all elected positions with four year terms; the election cycle being the same as the office of the United States President. Click here to review the Michigan Township Association Core Competency Handbook for Elected Officials

The members are as follows, until November 20, 2020:
Supervisor Jorja Baldwin, 2012
Clerk Robert Crawford, 2002
Treasurer Robert Buechler, appointed 01/16/2019. Treasurer Judi Reynolds, first elected in 2004, served until she passed away on December 5, 2018.

Trustee Scott Bradley, 2004

Trustee Linda Bruckner, 2000

Trustee George Kish, 2012

Trustee Robert Montgomery, 2016

Core Competencies: The Building Blocks of Township Government
To ensure that all township officials have the opportunity to learn what they need to know to carry out their statutory  duties as well as understand effective township management practices, the Michigan Townships Association  has identified “core competencies.” Essentially, they are the “nuts and bolts” that each of the four elected offices at the township level should know and/or be skilled in to successfully perform their duties.

The lists should not be construed as all-inclusive;  rather they should be considered an overview of the knowledge and skill sets that an individual should possess. Note that each checklist is dynamic in the sense that it will change over time, adapting to legislation, legal issues, and other factors that impact township government and the responsibilities of the elected official.

The core competencies address two goals: (1) to create a more-informed, better-educated cadre of township officials who are more confident and competent in carrying out their roles and responsibilities as leaders in their communities; and (2) to generate greater effectiveness on the part of local government. Below are the core competencies for a Trustee. Please visit the Supervisor, Clerk and Treasurer pages to see the core competencies for those positions.

Township Government Operations
~Demonstrates knowledge about township (general law or charter) government responsibilities,
functions and powers
~Identifies the major functions of each branch of government—local, state and federal—along with
their relationship to one another
~Understands the duties and responsibilities of the office of township trustee
~Aware of the roles and responsibilities  of other elected and appointed offices in the township
~Demonstrates knowledge of the various committees, boards and commissions serving the township,
including their roles and responsibilities
~Understands how township  policies and procedures are set
~Demonstrates knowledge of how ordinances are lawfully adopted and legally enforced

Interpersonal Skills
~Communicates effectively
~Listens attentively
~Works effectively  with individuals, departments and committees to achieve desired outcomes
~Possesses knowledge of what constitutes ethical behavior
~Demonstrates behavior that results in public trust
~Manages adversity and hostility effectively

Leadership Abilities
~Possesses vision, especially relative to the township’s needs or potential
~Understands how to be an active participant  in board meetings and is knowledgeable about
parliamentary procedure
~Possesses effective policy-making skills and decision-making skills
~Utilizes consensus-building techniques
~Possesses persuasive/influential abilities
~Motivates others to achieve desired outcomes
~Utilizes public relations skills to position the township positively

Policymaking Skills
~Understands how to objectively monitor administrative actions for compliance with existing
policy and law, and to ensure that policies and practices serve the public well
~Knows how to critically examine proposals to evaluate how the proposed policies and practices
could affect the township
~Creates effective  systems for establishing rapport with constituents, ensuring that voters’
needs are brought to the attention of the township board
~Understands how to constructively participate in, or lead, committees, including setting
objectives and goals, conducting productive meetings, and providing accurate reports
~Utilizes effective research techniques to become more knowledgeable about matters that come
before the township board and/or committees
~Understands the budget process, financial statements and how to use fiduciary responsibilities
to manage the township’s affairs in the best interests of the public
~Understands purchasing policies and the bid process
~Possesses knowledge of contracts, including intergovernmental agreements

Township Issues
~Possesses knowledge about current issues affecting  townships
~Aware of legal matters that could impact the township
~Understands the elements of risk management
~Aware of financial matters affecting the township, including revenue sources
~Possesses knowledge about land use
~Understands the planning and zoning process
~Possesses knowledge of township services and their policy implications