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Merrillville council names interim town administrator

Updated: May 11, 2013 6:13AM



MERRILLVILLE — The Town Council on Tuesday named Public Works director Bruce Spires the interim town administrator while council members discuss options for the vacated position.

Former Town Administrator Howard Fink resigned effective Tuesday. Fink took another job in another state, which he did not name.

Councilman Tom Goralczyk, D-4th, said the council would meet in executive session on April 17 to discuss the position.

“We needed someone in there. The day-to-day operations need to be done,” Goralczyk said.

Goralczyk didn’t know if the council would seek applications from outside Merrillville or hire from within.

“We’ll discuss what our options are. I have no idea what we’ll decide to do. I’m only one of seven (council members),” he said.

Spires said he would apply for the position on a permanent basis.

“It would be a pretty easy transition. I do seven to eight different budgets now,” Spires said following the meeting.

Spires said the council asked him if he would take on the job in an interim position. He will continue to act as Public Works director as well.

Spires said he will probably divide his day between the town hall complex on Broadway and his current office in the Public Works building on 73rd Avenue.

Spires has been with the town on and off for more than 25 years, starting out as summer help while in college. He was named Public Works director 12 years ago. He also served as the director for a period in the 1990s.

He said he left for the private sector for about seven years.

The council also named a new part-time secretary to the town administrator, who will start her job on April 19. He said the new secretary will work a 32-hour week.

The council hired the former secretary to the town administrator, Charlotte Smiga, as the interim secretary at a rate of $14.28 per hour. Smiga recently retired from the position.



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