Augusta Township clerk returns to court later this month to face eavesdropping charges
Kathy Giszczak, the Augusta Township clerk facing felony eavesdropping charges, will return to court later this month for a pretrial hearing, according to court records.
Giszczak is facing one charge each of eavesdropping and divulging information obtained by eavesdropping. She’ll be in front of Washtenaw County Trial Court Judge Donald Shelton at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 28, according to court records.
Giszczak was bound over for trial at a preliminary examination in June.
Giszczak has previously defended herself against the charges and contends no laws were broken when she allegedly recorded a conversation between township Supervisor Pete Hafler and former Deputy Treasurer Janice Blair. Giszczak allegedly played part of that conversation for township Treasurer Angela Sherbine.
Blair contended in a wrongful termination lawsuit that the portions of the conversation played for Sherbine resulted in her losing her job. The allegations surfaced during a wrongful termination lawsuit Blair filed against the township.
If convicted, Giszczak faces a maximum of two years in prison and a $2,000 fine.
Giszczak is seeking re-election. She'll be on the Aug. 7 primary ballot against Democrat Iva Bielec. Republican contenders in the primary are Kathleen McDonald and Linda Adams.