Freeman-Wilson reappointed as Gary Sanitary District special administrator

2013-02-13T20:30:00Z Freeman-Wilson reappointed as Gary Sanitary District special administratorChelsea Schneider Kirk chelsea.schneider@nwi.com, (219) 933-3241 nwitimes.com

HAMMOND | Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson will again serve as special administrator over the Gary Sanitary District.

The special administrator is reviewed annually by the federal government and is traditionally served by the Gary mayor, according to Jewell Harris Jr., the sanitary district's legal counsel.

A federal judge appointed Freeman-Wilson to the role through Feb. 1, 2014, according to an order filed in Hammond federal court Wednesday.

For the role, Freeman-Wilson will receive compensation of $54,000 from the sanitary district in addition to the $81,175 she is paid as mayor. Freeman-Wilson also is required to take a furlough day per month through 2013 because she's a city employee making more than $40,000.

Freeman-Wilson was first appointed to the role in 2012 and also served as interim executive director of the sanitary district until the hiring of Daniel Vicari, according to Harris.

Harris said the sanitary district must comply with the Clean Water Act through a federal consent decree.

The federal government holds Freeman-Wilson, as special administrator, accountable for the sanitary district's compliance with the consent decree, according to Harris.

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