Tell City water chief quits

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By Vince Luecke

Rogers cites personal reasons for departure

TELL CITY - The superintendent of Tell City's water department quit Monday, citing personal reasons for leaving the position he held for almost two years. The city council, which also serves as the city's water board, will meet in closed session at 4 p.m. today to discuss personnel issues.

Terry Rogers submitted a hand-written resignation notice Monday to Mayor Barbara Ewing, who made the announcement at that evening's city council meeting. Ewing, who had announced Rogers' reappointment to the superintendent's position at her swearing-in Jan. 1, said the resignation was effective immediately. Rogers was to be paid a salary of $45,923 in 2008.

In the letter, Rogers said he has enjoyed his nearly two years as superintendent and regretted not being able to stay. "I, Terry Rogers, respectively submit my resignation from my position as superintendent of the Tell City Water Department for personal reasons. I have enjoyed my time working for the city and wish everyone the best of luck. Sorry that I cannot continue. Best of luck in the future and hopefully all of my plans to improve the department will continue to fulfillment."

Rogers was named superintendent in January 2006 by then Mayor Gayle Strassell, replacing John Little, who is currently a city councilman. Rogers had previous work experience at the former Willamette Industries and had been employed in the Bahamas by Raytheon.

Ewing said the department's other employees are certified to operate the city's water wells and treatment plant and predicted there would be no disruption in operation. The water department treats water pumped from several deep wells and serves approximately 3,500 homes and businesses.

The utility sells water to two other water utilities in the county, And-Tro Water Authority and the Troy Township Water Association, and sells untreated water to ThyssenKrupp-Waupaca for its foundry operation.