Cloverdale council looking for new town manager

Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Cloverdale Town Hall

CLOVERDALE -- Cloverdale leaders are moving forward with finding a new town manager, a position which has been in limbo since April.

The Cloverdale Town Council approved a proposal to advertise the position, as well as establish a committee to review applications as they come in, during a special meeting held on Tuesday, Nov. 24.

Town Attorney Daniel Hofmann began the conversation saying that the “need is there” for a new town manager. The council has previously indicated that one is needed to mediate between the municipal government’s departments.

With a job description already approved in October, Clerk-Treasurer Kelly Maners said the council’s main goal for the meeting was to “nail down specifics” of when and where it would be posted.

Town Marshal Steve Hibler told said the Cloverdale Police Department has recently had success with using the job search engine Indeed. He said vetting applicants could be done with screening questions, while also allowing applicants to upload documents.

The council approved for the job to be published in the Banner Graphic, on Indeed and with the Alliance of Indiana Rural Water through Water Treatment Manager Richard Saucerman. The council also agreed to a two-week application timeframe from the time of posting (around Dec. 1).

As to the review committee, Hofmann said a two-person model was best to review applicants’ qualifications and conduct initial interviews. The best qualified could then be presented to the council for consideration.

Council member Rick Dearwester motioned to appoint Council Vice President Greg Jay and Council President Larry Fidler as the committee. His motion was passed with Jay abstaining.

Cloverdale’s town manager role has been vacant since the termination of Wayne Galloway -- who also worked as the town’s building inspector -- earlier this year.

In other business:

• The council approved the purchase of Samsung tablets for each council member. Maners showed one recently bought for Saucerman, adding that they could be purchased on sale for $169.

Maners has brought up paying for this and other updates using money the town has secured through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

The next regular meeting of the Cloverdale Town Council is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. in the Cloverdale Town Hall.

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  • Just pick someone off the street at random, they’ll do a better job than most of Cloverdale’s town government.

    -- Posted by techphcy on Wed, Nov 25, 2020, at 8:19 PM
  • Techphcy. I think we have a wonderful Town Counci who is working together for the betterment of our town

    -- Posted by Nit on Wed, Nov 25, 2020, at 8:33 PM
  • Is the $169 the final price paid by the council? Of is someone at the table is buying them on eBay and turning a personal profit??

    -- Posted by Don Antonio on Wed, Nov 25, 2020, at 8:38 PM
  • @Nit Cloverdale has a legacy of decades of constant bumbling. They’ve hired three different police chiefs who have failed spectacularly. Now we have legal problems with a questionable town manager and treasurer who *may* have been doing plenty wrong right under the council’s noses. Other evidence can be seen here in the pages of this newspaper. I’ll believe the town government is solid when they prove it over time, which hasn’t happened in many years.

    -- Posted by techphcy on Thu, Nov 26, 2020, at 1:21 AM
  • techphcy - And it is the negativity in this town that keeps pulling it under. A few positive words of encouragement to our town council, Main Street, police etc.could go a long way. You cannot better a town by all the discouraging words and negative attitudes! Get out and run for an office!! Get out and get involved!! Look to the future instead of the past!!!!

    -- Posted by Nit on Fri, Nov 27, 2020, at 11:35 AM
  • techphcy - Perhaps you could get involved, go to the town council meetings, and speak up so that your concerns can be addressed. From your comments, you may have information and ideas which would be beneficial to the Town Council, which would be of benefit in moving the town forward toward a more prosperous future.

    If you are so negative, and have nothing positive to say or are unwilling to contribute to assist the forward progress of Cloverdale, then quite bluntly, shut up and move your butt out!!!

    -- Posted by FactswithoutBS on Fri, Nov 27, 2020, at 8:12 PM
  • If you don’t criticize your government for poor performance, how do you expect them to improve? It’s like giving a child a trophy for last place and wondering why they didn’t make more effort to win the next season.

    -- Posted by techphcy on Sat, Nov 28, 2020, at 2:54 PM
  • techphy-it's so easy to criticize from the "cheap seats", isn't it. Anyone can blend in anonymously with the masses screaming for change, and bury his or her head in the sand when it comes time to stand up and be counted. Real change will only be achieved action. As I stated previously, get involved, or accept the status quo, bury your head in the sand, and continue with your sad, pathetic, whining!!!

    -- Posted by FactswithoutBS on Sat, Nov 28, 2020, at 7:59 PM
  • I think FactswithoutBS needs a hug.

    -- Posted by Don Antonio on Sat, Nov 28, 2020, at 8:57 PM
  • @Facts one of my great rights as an American is the right to criticize my government. I will not relinquish this right for anyone.

    -- Posted by techphcy on Mon, Nov 30, 2020, at 2:24 PM
  • techphcy - I agree with you 100%. It is indeed all of our rights to criticize, and to peacefully protest against our government. My point is that real change can only come through getting involved.

    Don Antonio - Hugs always welcome, but no kisses.

    -- Posted by FactswithoutBS on Mon, Nov 30, 2020, at 7:23 PM
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