By CHARITY B. SMITH
Sunday Times Newspapers
WYANDOTTE — City Clerk Lawrence Stec finally has a complete staff under his belt. The City Council voted Aug. 31 to hire Beth Ann Lekity as deputy clerk and Susan Schultz as clerk typist, to fill the positions that became vacant when the entire department retired on July 31.
Lekity was raised in Wyandotte, but received her degree in business administration from the University of Northern Alabama.
“She has a real extensive background in record keeping and filing,” Stec said.
Lekity was previously employed as an administrative assistant at Monroe Community College. She also worked for the PAWS Clinic in Taylor, Hockeytown Cafe, and University of Michigan in office administrative positions.
“I’m happy to be working here with all of you guys, with the entire city staff and for the residents of Wyandotte,” Lekity said. “I’m really excited and ready to get started,”
The council voted 4-1 in her favor. Coucilman Daniel Galeski gave the only no vote.
Lekity will take office on Sept. 9.
Schultz is the wife of Councilman Donald Schultz; however, Stec emphasized that the decision to hire her was based on her work experience.
“It went strictly on her experiences,” Stec said. “She actually worked for the chief operating officer at Ford Motor Co.”
During the vote Councilman Schultz abstained, because of his relationship with the candidate, and Councilwoman Sheri Sutherby-Fricke voted “no” which she later said was because she feels it has the potential to cause ethical conflicts of interest. Councilman Ted Miciura Jr. was absent. This left the outcome up to Peterson, who voted “yes.”
Schultz will start on Sept. 8.
“I’m anxiously awaiting their arrival,” said Stec who has not had a staff yet.
Since the departure of former City Clerk Bill Griggs and his staff Rose Kiczenski and Maria Johnson, the duties of the clerk’s office have been placed upon the Wyandotte Municipal Services Staff, who were all cross-trained in the clerk department before the retirees’ departure.
“I’ve had wonderful help from the Municipal Services Department,” Stec said. “The folks who retired, Mr. Griggs, Ms. Johnson and Ms. Kiczenski, really helped me with the transition as well. Any questions I had and anything I needed during the transition, they helped with.”
Stec said the two departments, clerks office and municipal services, will continue to be cross-trained.
“Counter help will always be able to do both areas, which is why we are now calling it the customer service area,” he said. “Anything you want to do with any of the city will be able to be handled at the counter.”
(Charity B. Smith can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.)