The Independence Township Board of Trustees consists of 7 elected officials, specifically the Supervisor, the Clerk, the Treasurer, and 4 Trustees. As full-time employees, the Supervisor, Clerk, and Treasurer, maintain offices at Township Hall. Their fiduciary responsibilities are detailed under their respective department from the above menu. The 4 Independence Township Board of Trustees are:
Jose Aliaga, Trustee
Trustee Aliaga is serving his second term as Trustee. He has been a resident of Independence Township since 2000. Jose is a member of Mt. Zion Church and the Clarkston Area Optimist Club.
Since emigrating from Peru 17 years ago, Trustee Aliaga has become a U.S. Citizen, and has earned a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and a Master's Degree in Social Sciences with a concentration in History from the University of Michigan. Trustee Aliaga currently works for the State of Michigan in the Department of Health and Human Services and previously taught Spanish at Frankel Jewish Academy.
|Rachel J. Loughrin, Trustee
Elected to the Township Board in November 2016, Trustee Loughrin is serving her first term as Trustee. Trustee Loughrin represents the Township on the South East Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) and the Clarkston Mill Pond Improvement Board. She also serves on the State Committee for the International Council of Shopping Centers as Co-Chair of the Public, Private Partnership Committee and is a member of the Government Relations Committee. Trustee Loughrin is a member of L. Brooks Patterson's Economic Development Committee Business Roundtable.
Trustee Loughrin holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science from Northern Michigan University and is an Alumnus of the Urban Land Institute Larson Center for Leadership. She has an extensive real estate and business development background and is currently Assistant Vice President / Land Use Consultant at CORE Partners.
Rachel, her husband Tim and their two children are newer residents of Independence Township and attend St. Daniel’s Catholic Church.
Ronald A. Ritchie, Trustee
Although this is Trustee Ritchie's second term as Trustee, he previously served on the Planning Commission since 2008. At this time, Trustee Ritchie serves as the Township Board's Planning Commission liaison. He also chairs the Township's Investment Advisory Committee, is member of the Audit Advisory Committee, the Election Commission, the Non-Union Employee Benefit Advisory Committee, the Safety Path Advisory Committee, and he represents the Township on the Van Norman Lake Improvement Board.
Trustee Ritchie worked for more than 30 years at Terry Machine Company, an automotive manufacturing company located on Dixie Highway in Waterford Township. He completed his career at Terry as the President and Managing Partner of the company. Trustee Ritchie is now employed as an Account Manager with KAMAX LP, a fastener manufacturer located in Troy, Michigan.
James M. Tedder, Trustee
Trustee Tedder, together with his wife Nancy and three children, has lived in Independence Township since 2005. He has proudly called the greater Clarkston area home for more than four decades and is a 1987 graduate of Clarkston High School.
Prior to serving on the Township Board, Trustee Tedder served two terms as State Representative to the 43rd District, which includes Independence Township. Prior to serving in the Michigan Legislature, Trustee Tedder was a social studies teacher and an administrator for Clarkston Community Schools. He has also been active in the business community as the owner of Jim Tedder Productions for more than thirty years.
Trustee Tedder has enjoyed many years of service to the community through affiliation with various local organizations, including the Clarkston Rotary Club and Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce. He has also served as a youth mentor through Clarkston Area Youth Assistance, Cubmaster to a local Cub Scouts pack and as a Clarkston youth and middle school wrestling coach. He has been honored to receive many community, school, and legislative awards in acknowledgment of his various areas of service.
Trustee Tedder graduated from Central Michigan University with a B.A.A., Bachelor of Applied Arts degree, double majoring in Political Science and Broadcast and Cinematic Arts. He also holds the degrees of M.B.A., Master of Business Administration, and Ed.S., Education Specialist in Leadership, both from Oakland University.