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Polk City, FL, 33868
$10.00 per hour (no benefits)
February 29, 2016

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Terry Wright

Retired elected administrator. Intelligent and creative thinker. Goal oriented, hard


Polk City, FL 33868 - 863-***-****

Seeking permanent, part-time, challenging position with any reputable company that can utilize my many skills. I need no benefits, but I do need to earn more spendable income. I am not adverse to working fulltime if the right opportunity arises.

Authorized to work in the US for any employer



Charter Township of Grayling - Grayling, MI - November 1996 to November 2011 Elected as township supervisor, the highest elected official in municipal township government. Responsible for administration of all departments, including Planning and Zoning, Building, Waste Management and Recycling, Parks and Recreation, Tax Assessor, Ordinance Enforcement, and Personnel (Grayling Township is small enough to demand that the supervisor learn and perform all the duties each department requires). In 2000, I was the recipient of the American Hometown Leadership Award, as one of the nation's 25 top small town administrators, given by the National Association of Towns and Townships. News Editor - Crawford County Avalanche

Between the years of 1993 and 1996, I worked as a reporter and News Editor of the Crawford County Avalanche

(local weekly newspaper). During this time I also wrote many freelance articles for other newspapers and periodicals, including the Marquette Mining Journal, the Traverse City Record Eagle, the Detroit Free Press and Governance, Backpacking, and Kayaking magazines. I left The Avalanche to run for elected office. In 1994 I was the recipient of the Local Government Journalism Award, given by the International Association of City Managers at their annual convention in Chicago. EDUCATION

Diploma of Completion of Fellowship in Leadership and Public Administration Michigan State University-Michigan Political Leadership Program - East Lansing, MI 1999 to 2000

Undergraduate Study in Psychology/Political Science/Secondary Education Grand Valley State University - Allendale, MI

1975 to 1977

Associate of Science in Psychology

Northwestern Michigan College - Traverse City, MI

1972 to 1973


Microsoft Word and Office (10+ years), Administraion of various governmental departments, including running public meetings, budgeting, property assessment, cemetery, roads, recycling and waster management, law enforcement, fire department, publicity, event organization, forming and implementing government policies, writing manuals, public speaking, personnel management (including hiring and firing), customer service, etc. (10+ years)



Service Country: United States

Branch: U.S. Army (Army Security Agency-Military Intelligence) Rank: Specialist 4th Class

October 1968 to March 1972

My military occupational specialty (MOS) was as a Manual Morse Code Intercept Operator. I served in the Republic of Vietnam (1969-70) and West Germany (1970-1972). I listened to radio morse code signals, typed what I heard and sent the messages to the National Security Agency in Washington D.C. This job required a top secret-crypto security clearance. At the end of my enlistment I received an honorable discharge. Commendations:

Army Service MedalGood Conduct MedalVietnam Service MedalVietnam Service Medal (given by the Republic of South Vietnam)Meritorious Unit CitationPresidential Unit Citation AWARDS

International Government Journalism Award

May 1984

Awarded by the International City Managers Association for a newspaper article I wrote about the advantages of the city manager/council form of government. This honor came with a $1,000 cash award. American Hometown Leadership Award

June 2000

Awarded by the National Association of Towns and Townships (NATAT) for being named to the list of the nation's 25 top small town leaders. This award nomination came as a result of my design and implementation of a comprehensive, county-wide recycling program in Crawford County, Michigan, in 1997. This honor came with a $1,000 cash award to Grayling Charter Township from Walmart Corp. Northeast Michigan Osga Environmental Award

January 2001

Awarded to Grayling Township for the development of the Grayling Township Recycling Center (See American Hometown Leadership Award) by the Northeast Michigan Council of Governments. This award included a

$500 environmental grant.

Michigan Political Leadership Program

September 1999

This award included a one year fellowship to the Michigan Political Leadership Program through the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research at Michigan State University. The fellowship required attendance at ten, monthly, four-day weekends of intense study to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to be an effective and successful publicly, elected official. course work included administration, budgeting, public speaking, planning, public relations and campaign development, etc. Certificate of appreciation

September 2009

Awarded by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for organizing and participating in a county- wide, three year, used tire collection and recycling program, at which more than twenty-two thousand used tires were collected and shipped to tire shredding and recycling companies. CERTIFICATIONS

Michigan Property Tax Assessor-Level I & Level II

February 1998 to November 2011

Michigan township supervisors are the statutory assessors for their respective townships and are charged with signing the annual tax assessment role. I supervised an assessing department who was mostly responsible for physically assessing the values of each township property. The assessor's certification is issued by the Michigan Department of the Treasury for those who complete assessor's training. GROUPS

Michigan Association of Township Supervisors (MATS) December 2000 to November 2011

From January, 2003, until November, 2011, I served on the board of directors as the state treasurer of MATS, responsible for monetary affairs, including accounts/payable and accounts receivable, quarterly reports to the board of directors, maintaining membership records, and balancing the bank accounts. Michigan Townships Participating Plan (Par-Plan)

October 2003 to June 2011

The Par-Plan is an insurance collective developed by and for Michigan townships, administered through Kenrick Corporation with policies developed by a board of directors consisting of elected township officials. I was appointed to the board of directors in 2003 and served as board president in my final year prior to retirement. I also served each year as the chairman of the fire and police committee. Various groups at various times as township supervisor November 1996 to November 2011

Crawford County Economic Development Committee

Crawford County Library Board of Directors

Crawford County Brownfield Redevelopment Committee Michigan Recycling Coalition

Grayling Kiwanis Club


In November, 2011, my wife and I relocated to Polk City, Florida, where we are now fulltime residents.

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