Gary sustainability expert leaves City Hall job
Post-Tribune staff report September 26, 2013 1:02PM
Lauren Riga said she left her Gary City Hall post to pursue other opportunities. | Post-Tribune File Photo
Updated: October 28, 2013 7:13AM
GARY — Environmental sustainability expert Lauren Riga confirmed Wednesday she has resigned from her City Hall post.
Riga, who worked under the Gary Sanitary District, served as the director of green urbanism, of environmental affairs and worked on a storm water project for the district and with the city’s Commerce department.
She declined to discuss the reasons for her departure or what her next step would be. Riga said only that she left the position to pursue other career opportunities.
Her work for the city touched a number of areas, including land use, transportation, housing and more, Riga said.
“I was asked to create a green urbanism department, and I was told I was free to create that department,” she said. “I worked on incorporating sustainability elements into the city’s strategic plans.”
Communications Director Chelsea Whittington said Riga’s former deputy director Brenda Scott Henry will serve as the interim director, though she declined to make Henry available for comment.
Since 2012, Henry has served as deputy director of the storm water program.
According to her resume, Henry has worked as a community economic development consultant and a finance manager for non-profit agencies.