BENTON TOWNSHIP — Benton Township is in search-mode for a new superintendent.

At a special board meeting Thursday, township trustees accepted the resignation of Superintendent Kelli Smith. Her resignation becomes official Aug. 9.

“I am thankful for the opportunity to have served the board and residents in this capacity,” Smith said. “It has been a pleasure contributing to the continued success and forward progress of the township.”

Smith said she is moving to be closer to her family near the Kalamazoo area, where she intends to work for her family’s business.

Smith gave the township an eight weeks notice to allow for a transition in finding her replacement.

In her letter of resignation – sent to township officials last Friday – Smith said she would consider modifying the date depending on circumstances.

“I’ll miss working here,” Smith said. “I’ve been giving it some thought over the past few months.”

After the meeting, Supervisor Kevin White said it’s not an easy position to fill. Until a replacement is found, White said the township will lean on its department heads.

“We’re working through it. It’s not going to be easy,” White said. “Kelli is willing to stay here and help us with this transition, so that’s going to be a big help. She has been the point person for a lot of things. Now we have to find someone who can take on that role on the interim or permanently.”

Smith has been with the township for 10 years, part of which she served as township comptroller.

She has been township superintendent since 2016, when she replaced Elden Piontek.

Smith was first hired to serve as the township’s comptroller in December 2009 and worked through December 2012. She then took one year off and came back at the beginning of 2014.

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