Board of Trustees

Meeting Minutes 

The Independence Township Board of Trustees consists of 7 elected officials, specifically the Supervisor, the Clerk, the Treasurer, and 4 Trustees.  As full-time employees, the Supervisor, Clerk, and Treasurer, maintain offices at Township Hall. Their fiduciary responsibilities are detailed under their respective department from the above menu. The 4 Independence Township Board of Trustees are:

Jose Aliaga

Jose Aliaga, Trustee

Trustee Aliaga is serving his second term as Trustee. He has been a resident of Independence Township since 2000. Jose is a member of Mt. Zion Church and the Clarkston Area Optimist Club.

Since emigrating from Peru 17 years ago, Trustee Aliaga has become a U.S. Citizen, and has earned a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and a Master's Degree in Social Sciences with a concentration in History from the University of Michigan. Trustee Aliaga currently works for the State of Michigan in the Department of Health and Human Services and previously taught Spanish at Frankel Jewish Academy.

Phone: 248-736-7163

Paul Brown  Paul A. Brown, Trustee

Phone: 248-884-1900


Theresa A. Nallamothu, Trustee

Phone: 248-892-0210

Ron Ritchie

Ronald A. Ritchie, Trustee

Trustee Ritchie and his family have resided in the Township since 1997. He has four children and eight grandchildren that all live in the area.

Although this is Trustee Ritchie's second term as Trustee, he previously served on the Planning Commission since 2008.  At this time, Trustee Ritchie serves as the Township Board's Planning Commission liaison. He also chairs the Township's Investment Advisory Committee, is member of the Audit Advisory Committee, the Election Commission, the Non-Union Employee Benefit Advisory Committee, the Safety Path Advisory Committee, and he represents the Township on the Van Norman Lake Improvement Board.

Trustee Ritchie worked for more than 30 years at Terry Machine Company, an automotive manufacturing company located on Dixie Highway in Waterford Township. He completed his career at Terry as the President and Managing Partner of the company. Trustee Ritchie is now employed as an Account Manager with KAMAX LP, a fastener manufacturer located in Troy, Michigan.

Phone: 248-821-7100