MERRILLVILLE | Town Administrator Howard Fink is leaving his position to take another job within the same field.
Fink's last day with Merrillville will be April 9, he said.
Fink has handled Merrillville's daily operations as town administrator. He said he is thankful for the opportunity he had to serve the community.
"I put my heart and soul in this position," he said.
Fink joined Merrillville about seven years ago.
He started as the town's community development director in the Planning and Building Department. At the end of 2008, Fink's responsibilities increased when he became town administrator.
Fink said there have been many "accomplishments and successes" during his service with the town.
He said Merrillville's financial situation is among the areas in which he helped improve.
"I'm proud of the work we've done here," Fink said.
Councilman Tom Goralczyk said Merrillville is losing a "valuable asset" with Fink's departure.
Goralczyk said Fink attracted many developments to the town.
"He did the right thing for Merrillville," Goralczyk said.
Fink thinks Merrillville has shown it's "pro-economic development." He said it's been "a team effort" to bring businesses to the community.
In addition to his colleagues in Merrillville, Fink said he will miss the "meaningful friendships" he made in the town and Northwest Indiana.
Although he didn't live in Merrillville, Fink believes he was considered part of the community.
"It's been an honor and a pleasure to work for the town," Fink said.
The Town Council will meet in executive session next week to determine how it will proceed with filling the position, Goralczyk said.