CROWN POINT | The Republican candidate for Lake County surveyor announced Wednesday he will resign as an engineer for the BP Whiting refinery if elected in Tuesday's general election.
“I have always said that I will be a full-time surveyor," Eric Krieg said in a written press release. "Let me be as clear as possible and state in no uncertain terms that I will resign my position at BP and have no other employment other than as surveyor should the good voters of Lake County elect me.”
This comes after Democratic incumbent Surveyor George Van Til, who is seeking re-election, has attacked Krieg on grounds Krieg would keep his BP job and be only a part-time county official.
Van Til said that would be a potential conflict of interest since the energy giant has pipelines that cross numerous county waterways. The surveyor's office regulates such pipeline crossings.
"I want all the good voters of Lake County to have a choice for surveyor that they are totally comfortable with and for whom they can be proud to vote for,” Krieg stated.