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Special Meeting Confirms Appointment of Building Commissioner

(La Porte County, IN) - The newly appointed La Porte County Building Commissioner will keep his job following a special meeting of the Plan Commission last night.


Mike Polan had been hired to replace his mother, Anne Marie Polan, who recently retired.  To address questions about the process, the nine member commission met last night to discuss the matter.


According to Plan Commission Attorney, Doug Biege, the process that led to Polan’s hiring was the most transparent in recent memory.  Biege explained, “This is the most transparent open process we've ever had.  Annie Polan was appointed from as a result of a letter.  Nobody else was considered.  Prior to her, Ray Hamilton was also appointed without any prior communication discussion.  There's a long rich history of Building Commissioners just being appointed. So, I want to emphasize to the commission it was our intent to open this process up, as opposed to how it's been for decades”.


Some confusion about the hiring process was the result of the commission having three new members just recently appointed.  In all, eight new candidates were considered for the Building Commissioner position.


At the end of last night's meeting, the commission did vote to create a hiring committee to evaluate future hires. 

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