There was somebody
sitting in Burns Harbor Councilman Greg Miller’s usual seat Thursday night
who wasn’t Greg Miller.
That somebody was
Eric Hull who apparently has replaced Miller on the Council. Hull attended
his first Council meeting at town hall Thursday, the first workshop on the
2016 budgets for Burns Harbor.
Chesterton Tribune learned from Council President Jim McGee after the
meeting, Miller wrote a letter of resignation to McGee on July 10, 2015,
saying he is stepping down from the Council and all other town boards
effective July 11.
Miller in his
letter said his decision was based on “much change lately” in his life. He
said he was not planning to run for reelection this year as he had plans to
move to Valparaiso which happened “ahead of schedule” due to “unforeseen
“As residency is
required to sit on these bodies, I have concluded that the only legal and
ethical course of action is to resign my position,” Miller’s letter stated.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time serving the Town and its residents. There
are many positive things going on in terms of growing the town. Burns Harbor
has a bright future. It is my hope that when the dust settles, so-to-speak,
my contribution will be remembered in a favorable light.”
One day before
writing the letter, Miller had attended the Redevelopment Commission’s
public presentation of LiveWorkLeanPlay’s vision for revitalization. He had
spearheaded the RDC this year and supported its decision to hire LWLP as the
Town’s master development advisor.
said that he still owns property in town and, as a taxpayer and
“stakeholder,” he wishes to continue to serve the Town “in a capacity that
does not require residency.”
A phone call to
Miller for additional comment was not returned by deadline Friday.
So how would
someone replace Miller for the remainder of his elected term?
The Town of Burns
Harbor only has one Democratic precinct committeeman which is not enough to
hold a caucus. In situations like this, the County Party Chairman has the
power to appoint someone of their choice, McGee said.
McGee said Democrat
Party Chair Jeff Chidester asked Hull if he would be interested and Hull
said he would. Evidently, the process transpired without vetting the general
public, as the vacancy not made known to the Tribune or any other
newspaper, and Miller had not announced his resignation in a public meeting.
Chidester could not
be reached for comment this morning.
Hull had been a
member of the Town’s Plan Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals this year
but told the Tribune he has since abdicated those positions to make
way for his new gig on the Council.
Hull is one of the
Democrats who has filed to run for election to the Council this November,
which is all for at-large seats. He had run previously in the 2011 town
election for Ward 3 and lost to Republican Jeff Freeze.
The Democrats will
need to hold a “town convention” in order to select five candidates for the
ballot (see related story).