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Hope’s official matters are handled by its town council, a five-person legislative body, but in the future the town could hire someone to manage its daily duties.
At a work session at 7 p.m. today, the council will discuss the potential hiring of its first-ever town administrator.
While the topic of a town administrator has been talked about informally with mixed feelings for several years, the council began seriously looking at hiring a manager after the idea was raised in Hope’s 2012 comprehensive plans, Town Council President Jon
Advocates say that having a town administrator could help Hope receive state and federal grants and become an economic development tool for bringing new jobs to northeast Bartholomew County.
Titus said he had initial apprehension about creating the position.
“But now that I’m starting my second year as council president, I’m seeing a lot of merit in (having a town administrator),” he said.
The Hope Town Council is composed of five members: One from each ward and two at-large members. Each serves a four-year term.
Since council members all have other jobs, their time to devote to public service frequently is limited.
But an administrator could handle pressing matters that neither council members nor municipal department heads are able to adequately address, Titus said.
While the council will discuss creating a job description for a town administrator Monday, a vote to create the position likely won’t take place before next year, Titus said.
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