BY MATT MACKINDER
Clarkston News Editor
Last month, Clarkston Councilmember Jason Kneisc resigned from his position after six years serving the community.
Kneisc had been on the council for three terms. He tendered his resignation in a letter dated August 5, saying it was effective immediately.
“I would like to thank the residents for the privilege of serving them over the past years,” said Kneisc.
According to Clarkston City Manager Jonathan Smith, Kneisc and his family have decided to move to North Carolina, forcing him to resign from city council.
“We thank Jason for his years of service and wish him and his family all the best,” Smith said.
Possible candidates to fill the open seat until the November election were considered at the August 23 council meeting, including Bruce Fuller and Christopher Moore, but neither gained the required four votes. Only five councilmembers were present and Smith said a special meeting is being scheduled where all six members can vote for Kneisc’s replacement.
Fuller and his wife Gayle moved to Clarkston in 1988 and their son Ben was born a few years later.
In a letter making his intentions known to run for a council seat, Fuller said that “Gayle and I were excited to live in such a beautiful community.”
“There was a distinct small-town charm that was evident throughout the village,” Fuller said. “What we hadn’t anticipated was the outgoing and friendly nature of our new neighbors.
“We were surprised that even the teenagers would offer a friendly hello as we passed them on the sidewalk.”
Moore is a physician serving as the director of Emergency Ultrasound and also as director of the Physician Leadership Development Program at Ascension Genesys Hospital in Grand Blanc.
He has lived in Clarkston for 38 years, including six years part-time while attending college. Moore grew up near Clarkston Junior Hig and has lived the past 11 years in the city’s Historic District.
A graduate of the Doctor of Osteopathy program at Michigan State, Moore has trained approximately 150 resident physicians and medical students in executive leadership management and conflict management.
“I look forward to deeper engagement within the community my family calls home,” he said.