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Board of Trustees

An elected 7 member Board of Trustees governs the Charter Township of Shelby. Each member serves a four-year term. The current term will end on November 20, 2020.

The Supervisor, Treasurer and Clerk are all full-time positions, while the four Trustees are part-time. All Board members have an equal vote on Township matters that come before them. There are specific statutory responsibilities for each office.

The Supervisor oversees the day-to-day operation of the Township, including the Police and Fire Departments, except for those areas whose responsibility falls to the Clerk or Treasurer.

The Treasurer is responsible, by statute, for managing the Township funds. That includes paying the bills, collecting the taxes, and investing the money. Any monies paid to the Township in any department is handled in the Treasurer's office, and deposited by him into the appropriate account.

The Clerk handles all correspondence, administers the elections, maintains the voter registration files, and is recording secretary to all committees, commissions and boards in the Township. The Clerk is also responsible for authorizing all payments, so he compiles the bill runs for payment approval by the Board of Trustees.

The Trustees are fiduciaries who vote on issues before the Board. The Board as a whole makes the important decisions for the Township, including things like hiring staff, large purchases, new buildings, and so on. The Board sets the budget to establish the spending for the following year.

The Board meets regularly on the first and third Tuesdays of the month, at Township Hall. The agendas are available on this web site, or on the local cable channel. There are frequent special meetings, which will also be listed on this web site, under "upcoming meetings."

Member Information

Member       Position       Email Address       Phone Number
Rick Stathakis   Supervisor   586.731.5154
Stanley T. Grot   Clerk   586.731.5102
Michael Flynn   Treasurer   586.731.5145
Lisa Casali   Trustee   586.243.1314
John Vermeulen   Trustee   586.747.1140
Vince Viviano   Trustee   586.747.1144 
Lynn Wilhelm   Trustee   586.255.0523 


Supervisor Rick Stathakis

Rick Stathakis
Dear Fellow Residents:
Your elected Township officials are committed to working cooperatively, solving problems, addressing your concerns, and building a stronger township. I will always remember that you, the people of Shelby Township, have elected me to this position and that it is you, not me, who retains the power.

Given our poor economic landscape, this is an especially challenging time for everyone. As Supervisor, I look forward to serving you by exploring new ground and learning new things so that together we can find ways of accomplishing work in simpler, faster, and better ways. That means we'll be confronting and working to resolve some very tough issues and remembering through it all that there's no wisdom like frankness.

Our ultimate goal will be to meet the needs of our community and do so with a balanced township budget with no new taxes or tax increases. We will prevail as long as we welcome ideas, advice, and support from each other, and fully commit ourselves to a shared vision and shared values. Tough times require tough decisions, and your Board of Trustees is ready to tackle tough decisions in a positive and proactive manner.


Biographical information

  • Married to Carol, three children Shelby 
  • Resident since 1999, Nottingham Forest 
  • Michigan Republican Party Delegate 
  • Owner, CorrectMyComp LLC, 2004-Present.One of 279 Certified Workers Comp Advisors in the U.S. 
  • Pepsi USA- Senior Sales Management, (1988-2004)
  • Graduate, University of Detroit Bachelor of Science
  • Business Administration 
  • Major in Accounting 


Clerk Stanley T. Grot

Photo by David Schreiber

Dear Township Residents,
It is my great honor and privilege to serve you in the position of clerk. I am confident I can provide leadership and help to guide the township government through these difficult economic times while properly addressing important issues affecting our daily lives.

I will use my vast knowledge and experience to provide the best services for the taxpayers of Shelby Township. I will honorably serve their needs. I will lead by example.

While serving the residents of Shelby Township, the old fashion values will be my guide: hard work, high ethical standards, honesty, integrity, and complete dedication to those I serve.

Stanley T. Grot

Biographical Information

Stanley T. Grot was appointed Shelby Township Clerk on February 7, 2012; he took his oath of office and immediately began serving the Shelby Township residents on Wednesday, February 8, 2012. Stanley comes with a wealth of experience in both the public and private sector.

After studying Mechanical Engineering at Macomb County Community College and Wayne State University, he earned his journeyman card as a master mechanic working eleven years for General Motors Corporation.

For eight years, Stanley owned and operated his own successful family Restaurant in Hamtramck serving delicious meals and creating jobs for which he received many accolades and awards.

Previously Stanley served as Sterling Heights City Councilman, Macomb County Commissioner, and Macomb County Deputy Treasurer. He also worked at the state level for 7-1/2 years as Assistant Secretary of State and recently worked for Attorney General Bill Schuette in the Executive Office as Public Relations Representative for Southeast Michigan.

Stanley Grot is of Polish-German ancestry and is married to his wife Sylvia who together have four wonderful children attending Utica Community Schools. Stanley belongs to many civic and political organizations such as Knights of Columbus, American-Polish Cultural Society and American-Polish Century Club. He's a former Cub Scout Den Leader, Pack 79.

Stanley is a past Chairman of the Macomb County Republican Party and currently the 10th Congressional District Republican Chairman. He is a member of St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Shelby Township and Society of Christ Our Lady of Czestochowa in Sterling Heights.

Phone: (586) 731-5102

Treasurer Michael Flynn


Michael Flynn has been a township Trustee since 2008 and is honored to continue his service to the people of Shelby Township. He currently enjoys serving as the Board liaison to the Parks and Recreation Committee. He holds a Bachelor's degree from Central Michigan University and has been a Shelby Township resident and homeowner since 1998.

Mr. Flynn continues to take a leading role in the board's economic development efforts applying his many years of corporate management and small business experience. In his role as Treasurer, he is working to continue and expand the positive financial (and other) reforms initiated by the previous board.


Trustee Lisa Casali

Casali-Announce-Release 2018

Prior to being appointed to the Board of Trustees in January 2019, Lisa Casali served the township for 10 years on the Planning Commission. She has a degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan State University and has worked as an engineer for General Motors as well as Collision Protection Sciences.

Casali has lived in Shelby Township with her husband for more than 30 years, and her three children have all gone through the Utica Community Schools system. Casali said she was drawn to the position because of a desire to serve and give back to the community that supported her family throughout its growth.


Casali is an avid cyclist and looks forward to helping the township and its Sidewalk Committee to enhance the community’s walkability and bolster its place on the regional trail systems. Along with serving on the Planning Commission, Casali was active in the community through her children’s school and at St. John Vianney Catholic Church.

Trustee John Vermeulen

John Vermeulen Formal
John Vermeulen, 54, has been a Shelby Township homeowner/taxpayer for almost 20 years. He has been married to Mireille for over 30 years. They have two adult sons and moved to Shelby Township because of its excellent schools and recreational opportunities when their children were much younger. One of his sons, is professionally employed by a Fortune 500 Company (one of his past business administration students) and his other son is a small business owner selling industrial machines.

Trustee Vermeulen holds a master's of business administration, with specialization in accounting and finance, from the University of Detroit-Mercy, and a bachelors degree from Michigan State University. Vermeulen is a small businessman and investor. He has served as a professor of business administration teaching business law, economics and management at St. Clair County Community College. He also worked as a business analyst for a Chicago-based consulting company with extensive travel over the United States.

Prior to that, he worked for the National Bank of Detroit in security. Vermeulen served with the Army as a military policeman performing law enforcement duties and maintained the physical security of sites vital to National Security. He was later recruited to Air Force Intelligence, and was part of an elite, outstanding Air Force unit.

Phone: (586) 747-1140


Trustee Vince Viviano


Trustee Vince Viviano has lived in Shelby Township for 15 years. He currently serves Macomb County as the Director of Community Relations for the Macomb County Department of Roads and is in his first term as an elected trustee for Macomb Community College.

Viviano, 54, has 20 years of experience as a financial planner and holds a series 7 and 66 securities license. Viviano also served on the Macomb County Charter Commission and worked to rewrite the county’s charter as it adopted a county executive model of government.



Trustee Lynn Wilhelm


Trustee Lynn Wilhelm, 57, has lived in Shelby Township for the past 12 years. She has served the Shelby Township and Macomb County communities in leadership roles with non-profits such as the Shelby Community Foundation and Turning Point.

Wilhelm holds a master's degree in organizational leadership from Siena Heights University, and has previously served in an elected capacity as a Republic precinct delegate.