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Chesterton Fire Chief Mike Orlich to retire Friday

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By KEVIN NEVERS

He’s currently one of the longest serving municipal employees in the Town of Chesterton.

And he’s retiring on Friday.

Fire Chief Mike Orlich announced his retirement--effective at 4 p.m. Friday, May 16--at Monday night’s Town Council meeting.

Orlich has faithfully served the town and its residents for 31 years.

“I appreciate everything everyone has done for me,” Orlich said. “I want to thank the department heads. It’s been a great run.”

Orlich was appointed CFD Chief in March 2009, following the death of the department’s long-serving chief, Warren “Skip” Highwood.

Member Emerson DeLaney, R-5th--the council’s liaison to the CFD--took a moment at the end of the meeting to express his gratitude to Orlich, “for everything you’ve done.”

“We appreciate your many years of service,” agreed Member Nick Walding, R-3rd. “We’ll miss you. But we wish you well going forward with your future endeavors.”

Member Jeff Trout, R-2nd, did note that Orlich is leaving an excellent department, full of seasoned veterans and up-and-comers.

“I was blessed with the department I had to lead because I didn’t have to do much leading,” Orlich replied.

Members voted 5-0 to name Deputy Fire Chief John Jarka the Interim Chief; and Assistant Fire Chief Nate Williams the Interim Deputy Chief.

 

 

Posted 5/13/2014