Clinton Township Trustee Dean Reynolds stripped of power, responsibility amid corruption charges

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WXYZ) - The Clinton Township Board of Trustees has stripped one of its members of all township committee assignments as he faces federal corruption charges.

The board also sent Dean Reynolds a certified letter asking him to voluntarily end his participation in the township decision making process.

The board says only Governor Rick Snyder has the power to remove Reynolds from his elected post.

His term ends this year, but the Democrat is running for township supervisor in the November election.

The 49-year-old Reynolds was arrested last week as a result of a long-running undercover investigation into corruption in multiple municipalities, primarily Macomb County.

According to the criminal complaint, Reynolds accepted multiple bribes from a representative who worked for a company that was seeking a significant contract with Clinton Township.

The complaint alleges Reynolds accepted between $50,000 to $70,000 in cash from the representative.

Reynolds also reportedly accepted $17,000 from an undercover agent of the FBI with payment being recorded on video.

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