Town administrator announces departure from Merrillville
By Karen Caffarini Post-Tribune correspondent March 26, 2013 8:54PM
Updated: March 29, 2013 9:45AM
MERRILLVILLE — The Town Council announced Tuesday that Town Administrator Howard Fink is resigning his position, effective April 9, culminating an almost seven-year career with the town.
Fink said he is taking a similar position in another community.
Councilman Tom Goralczyk, D-4th, called for an executive session at 5 p.m. April 2 to discuss the position as well as the town administrator’s secretary post, which has been vacant for a couple weeks due to the retirement of the former secretary.
Goralczyk said the council will discuss at that time whether to fill the town administrator position or take a different approach. The council had decided to make the full-time secretary post a part-time position.
“We’ll be losing a valuable asset to the town,” Goralzcyk said of Fink. “He brought a lot of development to the town. He did the right thing for the town of Merrillville.”
Fink started as community development director for planning and building and economic development and moved up the ladder to the town administrator’s post toward the end of 2008.
“It’s been an honor and a pleasure to work with the town. I worked for three or four previous councils and on behalf of the citizens,” Fink said.
“It’s an honor to have been given an opportunity to serve all the councils,” he added.
Fink had several milestones in his career with the town, including improving the design aesthetic at the retail and residential levels, tackling the budget situation and helping to bring economic development and a new garbage contract to the town.
Fink said he will miss some of the friendships he forged over the years with people in Northwest Indiana.
“While I didn’t live in town, I truly felt I was part of the community. I put my heart and soul into it,” Fink said.
In other matters at the town council meeting, the council took under advisement four bids for two dump trucks with snow plow equipment.
Also, Fort Wayne-based Aunt Millie’s Bakeries received conditional variance approval to operate a food distribution and retail sales business at the northwest corner of East 69th Avenue and Mississippi Street.