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Bargersville council seeks new member

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A vacancy has opened on the Bargersville Town Council after a member took on a new position with the town.

Council member Kevin Killinger is accepting the job of Bargersville Utilities superintendent, a position he’s filled as a volunteer for several months. He said he resigned his council seat after he was hired as director of utilities because it would present a conflict of interest.

The utilities superintendent reports to and answers to the council, which oversees the town’s water, sewer and electric utilities.

A Republican Party caucus will appoint Killinger’s replacement. Johnson County Republican Party chairwoman Sandy Huddleston said she’s accepting letters of interest for the position.

Possible replacements must live in Bargersville and be a Republican, Huddleston said. No other qualifications are needed for consideration.

Two prospective candidates already have expressed interest, but the caucus will consider anyone who applies, she said.

Voters elected Killinger, the fire marshal for the Bargersville Fire Protection District, as a Republican candidate for the council in 2011 with 18 percent of the vote in a six-way race. He won an at-large seat and represented the entire town.

He’ll continue to work as fire marshal and also serve part time in the role of utilities superintendent for the town. He will be responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the utilities and will have to regularly update the council on various issues and projects, such as a rate study that’s planned at the end of the year.

Killinger said he didn’t think it would be appropriate for him to fill both roles.

A caucus of eight precinct committee members from Union and White River townships will vote for his replacement on the council. Huddleston plans to convene the caucus Feb. 21.

Anyone interested in the position should send her a letter that’s postmarked at least 72 hours before the caucus, or by 7 p.m. Feb. 18.

Her address is 280 E. Creekside Court, Franklin, IN 46131.

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