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Recall Initiative Targets Chesterfield Township Supervisor Lovelock Who's 'Surprised' by Effort

Chesterfield Township Supervisor Michael Lovelock was re-elected in November for a second term. Photo credit: Christy Arboscello
Chesterfield Township Supervisor Michael Lovelock was re-elected in November for a second term. Photo credit: Christy Arboscello
A recall effort is underway against Chesterfield Township Supervisor Michael Lovelock who says he's surprised by the initiative and undeterred in his ongoing work in the township. 

Resident of nine years and auto parts salesman, Gary Feld, is spearheading the campaign to remove Lovelock, who was re-elected in November, from the top-elected seat. Feld is friends with Trustee David Joseph who has disagreed with Lovelock on issues, including police finances and proposed layoffs. Feld is trying to collect more than 3,000 signatures to get the issue on the November ballot, he said.

"The main reason for the recall is Supervisor Lovelock's blatant disregard of public trust and his lack of honesty. His scare tactics of the police layoffs and sudden 180 degree turn is just mind-boggling. His blow off of the police work group's efforts absolutely angered me. Then during all this, the sale of the 'scrap' DPW vehicles happens," Feld said.

In response to the vehicle controversy, Lovelock said "that was inspected by the Macomb County Sheriff's Department." He noted the Macomb County Prosecutor's Office concurred with the Sheriff's Office finding of no wrongdoing, adding he would not comment further on the subject. 

Feld said, "My other issue with Lovelock is his lack of vision for the township. He's reactive not proactive. We need to prepare this township for the years ahead instead of just thinking another millage will solve our problems."

He said there are no candidates in mind during this infancy stage of the initiative.

Supervisor cites accomplishments 

Lovelock said he was surprised to hear of the recall effort and that he plans to continue his work in the township for years to come. 

"I am not going to stop what I am doing for the community because I love this community." 

He cited his accomplishments as the half-million-dollar Webber Splash Park, made possible through a township donation by the Webber Family Foundation, $400,000 worth of play equipment in various parks and the return of Summer Salute, a free family-friendly annual event

He also said under his watch $1 million was placed into the township retirement system that was "underfunded by my predecessor." 

Police finances factor in recall effort 

Feld said the ongoing controversy about police funding played a role in Feld's attempt to remove Lovelock from office. 

"When the police layoff rumors started, I got interested. Having a properly staffed police department is very important to me and my family's safety. I started going to meetings to hear what my elected officials had to say about it," he said. "Needless to say I wasn't happy with the direction supervisor Lovelock was trying to cram down our throats. After the vote where the work group's plan was turned down, that was my breaking point."

He said he has received support from others in the community after proposing to have someone new in office. 

Lovelock said, "If you don't have money, the only way you can do it is lay people off. It's simple mathematics." 

The township ultimately opted not to lay off police employees in 2013 and plans to explore department funding at a July public hearing

The recall effort has also taken to Facebook and Twitter.  
kidcat24 June 25, 2013 at 01:16 PM
So what department does Feld want money taken from to go to the police department if not a new millage?
Gary Feld June 25, 2013 at 01:47 PM
Money cannot be taken from other departments within the city. Each department works under their own budgets. The Chesterfield Township Police Moratorium Work Group laid out a plan that not only made sense, it does not take one officer off of our streets. This plan was cast aside without any consideration whatsoever. For Lovelock to claim that he didn't have enough time to go over it is just not acceptable. As a FULL TIME township employee, there are no excuses for not going over this thoroughly. This is the exact lack of direction I am talking about. In these tough times everyone is forced to tighten their belts. It's time we find a new leader that will tighten the township's. Not just stick the taxpayers with the bill.
kidcat24 June 25, 2013 at 03:00 PM
So five people laid off and money taken from the general fund.
kidcat24 June 25, 2013 at 03:03 PM
So what are the clerical jobs? What do they do?
Gary Feld June 25, 2013 at 03:25 PM
The clerical jobs are positions such as dispatch and the records department. The work group's plan was to shift officers that do not work the street to these positions. Having a fully staffed records department is not nearly as important as having officers on the street. According to recent studies, a properly staffed police department should have one officer for every one thousand residents which Chesterfield currently has. Lovelock's plan of getting rid of nine uniformed officers puts us dangerously under that that number. The safety of our residents is first and foremost in my eyes.
kidcat24 June 25, 2013 at 03:46 PM
Yes I agree safety is first and foremost. We'll see what is said at the meeting in July.
Gary Feld June 25, 2013 at 03:54 PM
I'll be there!
Shawn June 25, 2013 at 05:24 PM
I believe we owe the Webber Family Foundation thanks and not Lovelock himself. Is that the best he can offer the residents is securing a donation? Where can we sign this petition?
Gary Feld June 25, 2013 at 05:44 PM
Absolutely, Shawn. That and take a swipe at your predecessor at the same time. Petitions will be out soon! Keep up to date on the Facebook page (Committee to recall Michael Lovelock) and our Twitter page (@recallLovelock). Feel free to email us at Citizensforabetterchesterfield@gmail.com. We should be sending info and press releases very soon. Thanks for your support, Shawn!
BlogNog June 26, 2013 at 01:03 PM
Im thrilled to hear you say "instead of just thinking another millage will solve our problems" Millage lost, lets think of other ideas instead of ramming another millage try down our throats. I always thought Mike was a good man until the truck scam (and lying that he didnt know the buyer) Where do I sign?
Gary Feld June 26, 2013 at 01:25 PM
Thanks for the support, BlogNog! The petitions as well as the press release should be out very soon!
Gary Feld June 26, 2013 at 02:41 PM
Thanks for your support, BlogNog! Everything should be rolling out real soon!
Jim June 28, 2013 at 01:17 PM
I'll be signing! Mr. Powertrip has to go.
Gary Feld June 28, 2013 at 02:43 PM
Thank you, Jim! Spread the word!

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