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June 15, 2014

New France Park leader resigns

Personal reasons forced Oliver's decision to leave

France Park has seen its second superintendent resignation in as many weeks.

Phil Oliver, appointed superintendent last week, resigned Thursday for personal reasons, said Cass County Commissioner Dave Arnold.

Oliver could not be reached for comment.

Arnold went on to say Oliver’s replacement will be part of the discussion at Monday’s commissioners meeting, the very meeting commissioners had planned to make Oliver’s appointment official with a vote. Arnold added he hopes to name a replacement by the end of this week.

“I’d like to say by the end of next week,” Arnold said Friday, “...We’ve got to put our head together and think.”

Arnold added the resignation won’t affect the Do Indiana Off-road, or DINO, bicycle race this weekend. He added he and Cindy Howard, secretary for the commissioners, would be working the event.

Oliver said last week he expressed his interest in the position to commissioners after hearing of the opening.

Cass County Commissioners President Jim Sailors said Oliver, a resident of Twelve Mile and retired Indiana State Police officer, was appointed for being a “people person” with good management skills.

The opening is not advertised, as it is an appointed position, Sailors said last week, adding that others were also interested in the position before Oliver was named.

It is the park’s second superintendent resignation this month. Lucas Beach resigned June 3 after what commissioners described as a lack of solutions to growing complaints about park management and operations.

The commissioners will meet at 9 a.m. Monday in the Commissioners Hearing Room on the second floor of the Cass County Government Building, 200 Court Park.

Reach Mitchell Kirk at mitchell.kirk@pharostribune.com or 574-732-5130

IF YOU GO: WHO: Cass County commissioners WHAT: Bi-monthly meeting WHEN: 9 a.m. Monday WHERE: Commissioners Hearing Room on second floor of Cass County Government Building, 200 Court Park.

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