Emily Beutel was elected Clerk in November 2020. Previously, she served as Deputy Clerk since January 2018 and spent nine years managing the Farmers’ Market. Emily has lived in Texas Township for more than 25 years and lives with her husband Chad and three children on S Ave.
Emily has been active in the agricultural community for most of her life and career, growing up on Buckham Farms, which has been operating in Kalamazoo County since the last 1800s for five generations. She graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s degree and spent 10 years serving small farms at various nonprofits before coming to Texas Township.
The Clerk oversees the entire election process, from registering new voters, adding qualifying individuals to the Permanent Absentee Voter list, mailing absentee voter ballots, and managing the precinct locations on Election Day.
The township has a large amount of official records that need to be stored per the State’s record retention policy. The Clerk oversees all records, retention dates, and the management of all electronic records.
Texas Township has two cemeteries: Hope Cemetery and Virgo Cemetery. To learn more about the cemeteries, purchase plots, or obtain burial rates, please click here. The Clerk can assist you with selecting and purchasing a plot and will be responsible for coordinating burials when the time arrives.
All payroll and accounts payable are managed by the Clerk, who is the acting CFO. This includes processing and filing all invoices, paying vendors, and overseeing escrow accounts for the Building/Zoning Departments.
The Clerk is the recording secretary for the Township Board meetings and is responsible for maintaining the meeting minutes for all committees within accordance to the Open Meetings Act.
Abby Wheeler serves as the Deputy Clerk and assists the Clerk with record management, coordinating elections, overseeing Township communication, and more.
At any time, up to and including election day. However, in the 14 days before an election, you must register in-person at the Clerk’s Office and bring proof of residency.
Learn more at http://michigan.gov/vote.
You can register here at the Clerk’s Office, as well as at any of the Secretary of State Offices. You may also register to vote by mail or online at the Michigan Voter Information Center.
Please note that in the 14 days before an election, you must register in-person at the Clerk’s Office with proof of residency to be eligible to vote in that election.
Yes, anyone can vote by absentee ballot. If you’d like to be on the permanent list, please visit the Michigan Voter Information Center of the contact the Clerk’s Office to receive an absentee voter ballot application for every election.
No. Election law allows for only the registered voter to obtain a ballot. However, you may pick up an application for an absentee ballot for your spouse and you can deliver a voted ballot of any member of your immediate family or any a member of your household.
No. Election law specifically states that power of attorney does not apply for voting purposes.
Being on the permanent list does not guarantee a ballot for every election. Rather, it means that you will automatically receive an application for an absentee ballot. The application must be completed and returned to the Clerk’s Office in order to receive a ballot.
Yes, we have plots available in both Hope and Virgo Cemetery. Please visit the Township Hall to learn more about which plots are available.
We recommend you make an appointment with our Clerk, who will provide you with a detailed map of available plots. You can then go to the cemetery to look at available spaces. Once you’ve made a selection, the Clerk will help finalize the process, complete the paperwork and process your payment.
The cost covers the rights to the burial plot and the perpetual care and maintenance of our cemeteries. Please note that additional fees apply for grave openings.