Hope town manager decides to take another job

HOPE – Just one day before Tom Morton was scheduled to step into the shoes of Hope town manager, the Franklin resident revealed he had found another job.

In a letter received Tuesday, the 62-year-old former deputy director of the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns informed Hope officials he considered the other position a better fit for him.

The following evening, council members met to discuss what their next steps should be. Following the Wednesday meeting, council president Clyde Compton said the unexpected turn of events doesn’t leave the town back at Square One – at least not yet.

“We will contact another person we were high on the first time we took applications,” Compton said.  “If he still has interest, we’ll do a second interview.”

If that applicant is no longer interested, the position will again be posted on the website of the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns, the council president said.

For more on this story, see Friday’s Republic.