MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. – A judge has appointed a temporary clerk in Macomb County after Karen Spranger was ordered removed from office on Tuesday.
Chief Judge James M. Biernat Jr. announced Wednesday he has appointed longtime Macomb County employee Kathy Brower as temporary acting clerk. Brower has been a Macomb County employee since September of 1992, according to Biernat's office.
Here's a statement from Biernat's office:
"She began working as a temporary file room clerk for the Clerk’s Office, and was hired permanently by the Clerk’s Office in July of 1993. Kathy has worked in numerous jobs throughout the County during her career -- as a typist clerk for the Board of Commissioners; supervisor of records for the Clerk’s Office; and data maintenance clerk, judicial aide, and assistant to the court administrator for the Circuit Court. Most recently, Kathy has served as the Court’s Caseload Manager, overseeing case assignment, statistical reporting, attorney appointments, interpreter appointments, and monitoring compliance with the State Court Administrative Office’s time guidelines."
The vacancy must be filled immediately to avoid serious disruptions to Macomb County government and the Macomb County Circuit Court, according to the chief judge. Michigan Law (MCL 201.15) provides the Chief Judge of the Circuit Court with authority to make a short-term temporary appointment to fill the office of County Clerk.
“I am honored that I’ve been chosen to assist the County with this transition. I hope that my temporary appointment will bring some stability to the great staff working at the Clerk’s Office," reads a statement from Brower.