Sand Lake village president resigns

Kent County
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SAND LAKE, Mich. (WOOD) — The village of Sand Lake, which is facing a lawsuit filed by its former police chief and working out what to do about law enforcement, has new leadership.

Danielle Hardenburg, the former president of the village in northern Kent County, confirmed to 24 Hour News 8 that she announced her resignation at a special board meeting April 3.

Hardenburg said over the phone Wednesday that Tracy Quinlan was appointed to the position of village president.

Hardenburg explained that she has been attending school and now believes she doesn’t have time to focus on her education and a village leadership position. That’s why she resigned, she said.

News of her resignation comes shortly after James Reamsma, the former village police chief, filed a lawsuit claiming the village violated his Family and Medical Leave Act rights when it fired him last year.

A former Sand Lake police officer, Andy DeLobel, also filed a complaint with the state’s civil rights office over his firing.

In March, Sand Lake shut down its police department and started looking into contracting with the Kent County Sheriff’s Department for dedicated patrols.

Hardenburg didn’t want to share any further information. She declined an interview request but said “the record will be set straight” in due time.

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