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Town Manager Bernie Doyle to retire at end of year

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Long-time Chesterton Town Manager Bernie Doyle announced his retirement, effective Dec. 31, at Monday night’s meeting of the Town Council.

Doyle read the following prepared statement:

“I plan on retiring from my position as Town Manager effective Thursday, Dec. 31, of this year. The decision is of my own choosing and was not easy for someone who has spent the better part of the last 48 years in service to this country, state, region, and community. However, my health is deteriorating, in no small way due to my military and early public safety careers. I have no regrets. It came with the territory and I’ve reached a point where I want to spend more time with my remaining family and to pursue other interests.

"My earnest hope is that I was able to achieve what you and the other members of the Town Council in 2009 hired me to accomplish. I trust that I am leaving Chesterton a better place as a result. I certainly didn’t do it alone, as we have an exceptional team of department heads, legal staff, board and commission members as well as our dedicated employees, which made my job so much easier.

“Challenges remain and even though 2020 has been an uncertain and stressful year, it remains an exciting time for Chesterton with continued growth and stability. The bottom line is sustained quality of place for our residents and businesses as well as continuity of operations for our departments and employees. We have achieved that.

“Rest assured if requested that I will assist you and the current council with laying the groundwork for my replacement. Finally, I want to thank you, (President Sharon Darnell, D-4th), the members of the Town Council past and present, and especially attorney Chuck Lukmann for all your friendship and support. That means a great deal to me as I head into the next phase of my life.”

Member Jennifer Fisher, I-5th, took a moment at the end of the meeting to express her gratitude to Doyle for his service and assistance. “Thank you, Bernie,” she said. “I have worked with you only a short time, but you were always helpful and gracious during my transition. You have a very diverse background and you have been an asset to this country. And as much as I hate to see you go, I wish you the best in your future.”

“I also want to thank you, Bernie,” said Member Lloyd Kittredge, R-2nd, “for everything you’ve done and continue to do for the town and what you’ve done for me personally.”

Darnell, for her part, noted that Doyle still has five months and change on the job, and that she looks forward to working with him every day of that.


Posted 7/28/2020




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