City Clerk August Gitschlag is leaving Hamtramck for a new job, and we wish him the best.
Hamtramck’s loss is the City of Clawson’s gain – which is where Mr. Gitschlag is going, to be that city’s new clerk.
Under his watch for the past seven years, he has streamlined, and upgraded our city elections, and made them run more smoothly.
The last presidential election proved to be a true challenge, because of the historical outturn of voters. Gitschlag’s office was overwhelmed by over 9,000 voters, many of them voting by absentee ballot, but he and his elections workers rose to the challenge.
Mr. Gitschlag has also been even-handed and fair-minded in handling candidates and their inquiries.
It’s not an easy thing to do when you are getting multiple demands and requests, but through it all Mr. Gitschlag has handled himself professionally.
And, often, he has maintained a sense of humor.
We look forward to working with his replacement, Rana N. Faraj, who is the city’s first Arab-American to hold this position.
Her hiring is no accident. This administration has reached out to make the city’s work force more representative of those who reside in the community.
We wish good luck to Mr. Gitschlag, and good luck to Ms. Faraj.
Posted May 21, 2021