Burns Harbor Town Council members unexpectedly replaced town marshal Craig
Barnes with assistant chief Mike Heckman at Wednesday’s monthly meeting.
With no discussion council president Jim McGee passed the gavel to
vice-president Jeff Freeze and moved that Heckman be appointed town marshal
effective immediately. Vote was unanimous.
June 5 the council met in closed executive session to discuss a job
performance evaluation of individual employees.
Today, Heckman said his promotion was unexpected and he was notified at 9:30
p.m. Wednesday he was the new chief. Asked if he wanted the job, he replied,
“I’ll do anything for this town that they need, there’s no question about
Heckman has been a full-time Burns Harbor officer since 2007. He said under
his leadership the department will continue the new Neighborhood Watch
program initiated by Barnes that includes the business community.
The department also recently started offering a Nixle notification service
where residents can register at www.nixle.com to receive police-generated
alerts by cell phone or email regarding road closings, dangerous weather or
Barnes was named town marshal Jan. 26 replacing 10-year chief Jerry Price,
who had been with the department since 1983. After Wednesday’s meeting McGee
said Barnes is still with the department; his previous rank was corporal. He
has been with the Burns Harbor department for six years.
When asked after the meeting to comment on Heckman’s appointment, McGee
said, “It’s just one of those options in a department; we can change