The Dexter Township Board of Trustees unanimously appointed Robert Nester to the township's Planning Commission on Tuesday.
Nester, who owns and operates the weekly publication The Sun Times News in Stockbridge, will fill a vacancy left by former commission Chairman John Shea. Shea resigned this year for personal reasons.
"The primary question we asked ourselves in making this decision was, 'What interest will this person bring to the commission that is not already represented?' " township Supervisor Pat Kelly explained. "As a small buisness owner and also the owner of commercial property in the township, Bob represents the interests of a small but important segment of our township."
Nester said he was pleased with the appointment.
"I think it will be interesting, that's for sure," he said. "There's a lot of activities going on in the township, and I think we have some opportunities to explore federal funding that have not been looked at before."
Nester said he pledges to work with the commission to maintain the township's overall motto: "A community for all seasons."
Resident Jim Drolett was appointed to fill a vacancy on the township's Zoning Board of Appeals; and Kevin McNulty was appointed to fill a vacancy on the township's Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC).
"Kevin brings a wealth of public safety experience to the table from his years as a police officer and detective, and he will be an excellent addition to the PSAC," Kelly said.