- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

VIENNA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder has declined a request from a township board in Genesee County to get rid of an elected official amid allegations of excessive use of alcohol.

Snyder spokesman Dave Murray tells The Flint Journal (https://bit.ly/1EfJuC1 ) that the governor’s office rarely intervenes in local issues.

Vienna Township board members voted Monday to have two attorneys and a judge oversee an April 10 hearing about Township Supervisor Randy Taylor.

Taylor has called efforts to remove him an act of “desperation.” He says he was a township trustee for years but suddenly made enemies after becoming supervisor in 2012.

Taylor says he didn’t do anything wrong and wants the township to provide him with a lawyer. A 1954 law says “habitual drunkenness” can lead to removal from office.

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Information from: The Flint Journal, https://www.mlive.com/flint

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