Devine v Bloomfield Twp, et. al.

Oakland County Circuit Court number 15-149016-CK. An elected official, even one who receives compensation, does not have access to the same remedies as a municipal employee, as demonstrated in this case, where an elected treasurer sued the township, alleging violation of the Michigan Whistleblower’s Protection Act. RSJA strategically chose to file an early motion for summary disposition instead of an answer to the complaint, which the court granted. The maneuver spared the township the time and expense of protracted litigation.