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Posted on: August 7, 2019

Council appoints Michelle Tocco to fill treasurer's vacancy

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Michelle Tocco has been appointed by City Council to fill the treasurer’s vacancy.

Tocco will fill the vacancy created when Ed Bourassa, the former treasurer, resigned from office earlier this year as part of a legal settlement with the City. Bourassa was under fire from council for a lengthy period of time. Council eventually claimed he “vacated” his position by not coming to work at City Hall and missing various obligations. After council stopping paying him and he filed a lawsuit, the sides eventually agreed to an out-of-court settlement and he resigned.

Under the City Charter, the council must appoint a replacement for the rest of the term, which has over two years remaining. The treasurer’s position is a part-time post earning $32,900 annually with no fringe benefits. The council called for letters of interest from the general public after Bourassa resigned.

City Council voted 4-1-2 to appoint Tocco, who was one of two finalists nominated for the post. Council members Dan Bzura, Angie Winton, Angela Croft and Tim Woolley backed the appointment. Charley Johnson voted no, and Caroline Patts and Butch Ramik opted to abstain. The only other finalist brought to the table during the meeting was Thomas Nester, who’s appointment fell short by a 3-3-1 vote, with Woolley, Bzura and Croft voting yes; Johnson, Patts and Winton voting no; and Ramik again abstaining.

“I want to thank every resident who showed interested in the position,” Council Chairman Woolley said afterward. “We had a lot of candidates, and some very, very good interviews. There was clearly a core group of good candidates. I think I can speak for the entire City Council in saying that we look forward to working with Michelle Tocco.”

Tocco is a well-known Taylor figure, having served as a principal in the Taylor School District for a dozen years. She was principal at Hoover Middle School (2013-19) before retiring, and headed up Blair Moody Elementary School (2007-2013) before that. She also served as assistant principal at the old Brake Junior High for two years, and was a secondary and elementary school teacher from 1992-2007.

She holds various certifications including a school administrator certificate (K-12); specialty-building level leadership improvement; and professional education in elementary science. Tocco earned a Master’s in Leadership and a BA in elementary education, both from Eastern Michigan University.

She was sworn into the position during the meeting and assumes her post immediately.

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