CEDAR LAKE | Town Parks Director Mary Joan Dickson has been dismissed, and so far no one involved is talking.
“The town does not comment on personnel-related matters or ongoing investigations,” said Town Manager Ian Nicolini, who confirmed that Dickson is no longer a town employee.
Town Council President Randy Niemeyer could not be reached for comment, and Town Attorney David Austgen said he could not comment on personnel matters.
When reached, Dickson referred all questions to her attorney. The Times was not able to speak with her attorney for this story.
In addition to her long association with the town, Dickson is a member of the Hanover School Board. Twice elected to her post, Dickson is currently the board’s president.
Hanover Superintendent Tom Taylor said he couldn't see "what impact (Dickson’s dismissal)" would have on her work with the board and school corporation.
“She was elected by the voters,” he said.
Taylor was named as Hanover’s superintendent earlier this summer. During his brief tenure, his dealings with Cedar Lake have always involved Nicolini, Taylor said.
Dickson has spent 34 years working for Cedar Lake or the school district, including as a volunteer, teacher, a coach in the school system and as Cedar Lake’s parks director.