Trustees approve hiring new assistant

ALPENA – The Alpena Township Board of Trustees approved hiring Howard Lumsden as the new assistant and field assessor for the township, with a start date of Sept. 15. Lumsden was one of two candidates interviewed for the position, and will be replacing assistant assessor Erica Dean when she leaves in September.

“He is the best candidate for the job and has the experience,” trustee Stan Mischley said.

Lumsden is currently the supervisor and assessor for Long Rapids Township, where he has worked for six years, and works at the recycling center. He will be attending a training before he begins working at Alpena Township full-time, and is a Michigan Certified Assessing Officer.

“He has a lot of experience, six years, and he is very articulate in his work. I think he will be able to transition smoothly into the position because he had the same type of background as the previous person,” supervisor Marie Twite said. “The position is full time … it’s a union position, and we have a head assessor and he would be a field appraiser.”

Trustees also agreed to bring on three new hires for the fire department to begin their training. The new hires will have to go through training with Captain Mark Hall before they go to the academy in the fall for full training. During their time at the department before the academy, they will learn how the department runs and start responding under the leadership of the department.

“This is a pretty normal process,” Hall said. “They get their gear, and act as support roles and not active firefighter roles until they complete their training.”

The department has several openings, and Hall said they were glad to have three people apply for positions.

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