OSCODA – Lorna Ganci has announced that she will be resigning from her position as Oscoda Township’s zoning administrator, effective Jan. 31, 2020.

In her Oct. 28 resignation letter – which was shared with the township board of trustees at their meeting later that same night – Ganci writes that her work has been a challenging experience, and that she has learned so much about planning, zoning and government.

“Since time goes by so quickly, I have decided to retire and leave the workforce. I am looking forward to my next chapter, which will include spending time with my husband, and just enjoying life,” she stated.

“I want to thank Oscoda Township for the many opportunities I have been given. I have grown personally, and professionally, and I am very pleased with the progress I have been a part of,” Ganci continued.

“I have had the privilege to work with some amazing people, and I have seen many changes for the better, with more to come,” she also expressed.

Ganci, who was hired for the job in August 2014, further noted that she is willing to help during this transitional time for the township.

The board of trustees accepted her resignation at their latest meeting, where they also remarked on her performance as the zoning administrator.

“I would just like to say that I think she has done a fantastic job in the time she’s been here. It’s been my pleasure to work with Lorna on the subcommittee and the planning commission,” said Trustee William Palmer.

He added that he thinks a great deal has been accomplished through Ganci’s guidance – such as with the zoning ordinance and code of ordinances for the township – and that she will be missed.

“I think she’s done a super job,” Trustee Jim Baier also praised.

While Trustee Timothy Cummings said he understood Ganci’s reason for resigning, he is sorry to see her go.

“It is a very challenging job and I commend her for having taken that challenge, and having worked it for so many years, and having made a lot of changes during her time that have been a positive improvement for planning and zoning,” said Supervisor Aaron Weed.

Ganci said one of the most challenging elements of her job has been keeping up on all of the new laws that affect planning and zoning, and enforcing Oscoda’s local ordinances.

As for what she likes most about the job, Ganci said she has truly enjoyed working with the planning commission and zoning board of appeals members, along with the new administration.

“I feel we’ve accomplished so many things for the betterment of Oscoda Township, and I look forward to watching all the future progress that is in the works,” she stated. “I love Oscoda, and it has been a privilege to have been a part of the Township team.”