TC department heads to remain in their jobs for 2008

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By Vince Luecke

Rudolph, Little tapped for city's works board

TELL CITY - In her first official act Tuesday as Tell City's new mayor, Barbara Ewing named the supervisors of utilities and various city departments who will serve during the first year of her administration.

Ewing is retaining the city department heads who served under Mayor Gayle Strassell, many of whom have been in their jobs for several years. Ewing also announced her choices for the city's board of public works and safety and city attorney.

Returning to their jobs in 2008 are incumbent supervisors Police Chief David Faulkenberg and Assistant Chief Greg Hendershot. Both served in office under Strassell and former Mayor Bill Goffinet. Fire Chief Greg Linne and Assistant Chief Steve Hauser will remain in their posts overseeing the city fire department. Linne was promoted to chief after the retirement in September 2006 of Dennis Kessans.

Street Commissioner Jeff Everly, appointed to his job by Strassell after the retirement of the late Joe Dauby, was reappointed, as was Water Department Superintendent Terry Rogers, hired in January 2006. Sewage Department Superintendent Bruce Badger, Building Inspector Bob Young, Recreation Director Maurice Harpenau and Greenwood Cemetery Sexton Earl Parker were also reappointed.

Since winning the November election for mayor, Ewing met with department supervisors and asked them to come up with ways to improve services to residents and to begin planning for the future. "Each city department is in the process of developing short-term as well as long-term operational needs," she said Tuesday.

James Tyler was named by Ewing to serve as city attorney, a position he held under Mayor Bill Goffinet. John Werner was city attorney the past four years.

Ewing said she was appointing Dianne Rudolph and John Little, both members of the city council, to serve with her on the board of public works and safety. Rudolph served on the works board during Strassell's four years as mayor. Little is a former superintendent of the city's water department and Ewing said that experience makes him well qualified for the board, which has oversight of several departments.

Ewing said Little's new work schedule will allow him to attend the twice-monthly works-board meetings. Little has been working a swing-shift schedule that caused him to miss some council meetings over the past year.

The new works board and city council will meet for the first time Monday, respectively, at 6 and 7 p.m.