Public Safety Director Mike Brickner submitted his resignation Monday and
will leave his post effective Jan. 31, Brickner told the Chesterton
“I was brought in
by the County in a new position created to pretty much repair two
organizations that were in dire need of leadership and reorganization,”
Brickner said, referring to County 911 and the Emergency Management Agency (EMA).
Brickner cited his
staffing choices as some of the accomplishments he’s most proud of. “EMA is
now under great leadership,” Brickner said, “I think its now one of the
model EMAs in the state.”
In his 16-month
tenure, Brickner hired new 911 Director Rob Lanchsweerdt and EMA Director
Lance Bella and helped oversee the planning to move County 911 operations
into the old jail building at 157 Franklin in downtown Valparaiso after the
Commissioners bought it and pledged to make it into a new County Annex
building as part of their $30 million capital improvements project.
Brickner said he’s
comfortable moving on after laying the foundation for 911 to be in a better
environment, hiring good people, and improving staffing levels.
nothing specific prompted his exit.
“I went into the
position looking at it as a great opportunity and it has been,” Brickner
said. “The decision has to be something that’s best for me and my family.”