MERRILLVILLE | The town's public works director is taking on more responsibility.
The Town Council on Tuesday unanimously named Bruce Spires as Merrillville's interim town administrator.
Former Town Administrator Howard Fink recently resigned from the position to take a different job within the same field. Fink's last day was Friday.
Councilman Tom Goralczyk said Merrillville needed a person to immediately handle the town's daily operations, which prompted the decision to select Spires.
In addition to handling town administrator responsibility, Spires will continue serving as the public works director, he said.
Goralczyk, chairman of Merrillville's Personnel Policy and Employee Benefits Committee, said councilmen will meet in executive session April 17 to discuss options to permanently fill the town administrator vacancy.
Spires said he would be interested in applying for the position on a permanent basis.
Spires believes it could take more than a month for the council to select a person to permanently fill the spot, and he is looking forward to the opportunity to serve as town administrator.
Spires has more than 25 years of experience with Merrillville. He has been the public works director for 12 years, he said. His first position with the town was working as summer help with the Public Works Department.
Spires said he already is familiar with town issues, so it will be an "easy transition" for him. He also understands the town's budget process, Spires added.