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, however, you must be registered at least 30 days before an election in order to vote in that election.
You can register at any of the 178 Secretary of State Offices, the Township Clerk’s Office, the County Clerk’s Office, and other state offices.
You may also register to vote by mail. However, individuals who register to vote by mail must vote in person in the first election following their registration unless they are 60 years of age or older or have a recognized permanent disability.
If you are a registered voter, you may obtain an absent voter ballot if:
•You are 60 years of age or older
•You expect to be absent from the community in which you are registered to vote for the entire time the polls are open on election day
•You are unable to go to the polls and vote without the assistance of another person.
•You cannot attend the polls because of your religious beliefs
•You have been appointed as an election inspector in a precinct other than the one in which you reside.
•You are confined in jail or prison awaiting arraignment or trial.
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.
A voter may ask to be on the permanent absent voter list if they are over the age of 60 or permanently disabled.
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 prior to receiving 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.