Editorial

Dorr Twp. Trustee comes off as a male chauvinist pig

ACHTUNG: This is not a “fair and balanced” article. It is an editorial by the editor.

Dorr Township Trustee Chandler Stanton just might have pooped the bed Thursday night at the board meeting.

Stanton, who was elected without opposition in the primary and general last year, spoke and voted in a controversial manner on a pay issue that easily could be interpreted as old-school sexism, better known perhaps as being a male chauvinist pig.

Stanton was politically incorrect when he insisted that Maintenance Supervisor Randy Grantham be paid more than Office Manager Vicki Fifelski. The Township Board was faced with a proposal to bump her pay from $18.70 to $20 per hour, and to grant an increase to Grantham from $19.50 to $20 an hour.

He told his colleagues he believes the maintenance guy’s work is more important, though Supervisor Jeff Miling suggested the comparison was between apples and oranges. Miling pointed out that Grantham had been employed with the township for less than two years while Fifelski has run the office now for eight years.

The supervisor also spoke highly of Fifelski’s performance over the years, adding she’d be difficult to replace and she has valuable skills in assessing. He editorialized that’s it’s difficult to work when not valued and provided fairness.

Interestingly, Miling noted that Grantham hired in at $18 an hour and already had been awarded a raise to $19.50 during his less than two years.

Regardless, after Fifelski’s raise was approved, Stanton moved to have Grantham’s bumped to $20.50, just 50 cents more, but significant in the message being sent to the office manager, as an employee and as a woman.

Whether intended or not, the message was that a man’s work is more important than a woman’s because I don’t believe that Stanton has any issues personally with Fifelski.

Personal issues in the Dorr Township office have been shown to have a troubling history, as Miling a couple of years ago noted animosity from Clerk Debbie Sewers and former Trustee Terri Rios caused problems and even had something to do with the assessor resigning.

Sewers herself commented that she wanted better communications from the office and cessation of hostilities.

I agree, but with apologies to Buffy Saint-Marie, “This is not the way to put an end to war.”

Dorr’s raises were loud, but Watson’s drew crickets

On another related note, it was interesting that there was a lot of open wailing and gnashing of teeth over employee raise proposals in Dorr Township, but nary a word was spoken while all Watson Township Board members and officials earned double-digit pay increases earlier this month.

Two of the raises reached a whopping 36 percent, for Clerk Kelli Morris and Treasurer Stephanie Caulder, who has been on the job only since December. This reminds me of the quote by the late comedian George Carlin: “The game is rigged… but nobody seems to notice, nobody seems to care.”

 

 

 

 

2 Comments

  • The esteemed editor of this paper has called me a sexist and racist before, so calling Mr. Stanton a “politically incorrect” sexist is a badge of honor for him to cherish. I know Chandler Stanton. He is a friend of mine and he is no sexist. This is a prime local example of the cancel culture in action. Trustee Stanton is a strong union Republican, conservative and that scares the stuff out of the socialists. Mr. Stanton may not be be politically correct, good for him, he has my vote.

    • Mr Traxler
      Your friend really doesn’t come to grasp the message he just sent. As the supervisor said it’s not comparing “apples to apples ” . Being “green” to the trustee position he has no idea what a township office manager is required to know. Especially, a excellent manager. ( which this township has been fortunate to have in these last two managers) .
      I would love to have you or your friend explain to me why the maintenance man is more critical and deserves the accelerated raises as opposed to the office manager.
      If he is such a strong union Republican why would he even back any raises at the current time. Isn’t it the Socialistic Democrats giving away all this “free money” ?
      Mr Traxler many things are politically incorrect and no longer acceptable today. Which in most cases are an improvement….
      I wish I had your knowledge and capability to know my friends so well. That when ever they spoke I could say with certainty their comments and actions were not sexist or racist. I applaud and truly admire anyone with such a gift.

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