The following statement should be attributed to Michigan Townships Association Executive Director Neil Sheridan:
The Michigan Townships Association—and our member township officials across the state—greatly appreciate Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s latest executive order providing clarity and temporary flexibility for Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to local governments. Township officials continue to work every day to provide essential services and leadership to their communities during these unprecedented times. This most recent executive order grants them the flexibility to protect themselves—and others in their communities—while ensuring they are meeting their required duties as public servants. MTA has worked closely with the governor’s office to ascertain the needed clarification on what is expected for local governments, as they adapt their operations in response to the ever-changing COVID-19 situation. With this guidance, township officials can continue to serve their residents in the safest way possible.
The Michigan Townships Association advances local democracy by fostering township leadership and public policy essential for a strong and vibrant Michigan.