BREAKING: Town Manager Huff resigns suddenly

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By Jordan Fischer
Current in Fishers

Fishers Town Manager Gary Huff announced Thursday that he will leave his position to seek new opportunities.

Recently, Huff was a finalist in the search for a town manager in Hamilton, Ohio, and Wyoming, Ohio, both in the Cincinnati area.

Attempts to reach Huff for comment just prior to press time proved unsuccessful.

“Gary has played a pivotal role in helping Fishers manage its development responsibly, administer our budgets conscientiously and help bring national recognition to our town as a thriving and family friendly community,” stated Town Council President Scott Faultless.

Faultless told Current in Fishers the announcement, while surprising, was not entirely unexpected.

“He had informed me that he was looking for other jobs,” Faultless said. “And I had actually spoken to elected officials in Hamilton, Ohio.”

Deputy town managers Nathan George and Scott Fadness have assumed oversight of the day-to-day operations of the town. It’s unclear how soon Huff’s departure will take place, though Faultless said the town wasn’t “in a hurry” to see Huff depart.

“We didn’t want Gary to leave, but he decided that’s the best thing for him to do personally,” Faultless said. “We’re doing everything we can to make the transition for him and the rest of the town’s staff as smooth as possible.”

So far, Faultless said that transition is being taken care of very well. He also added he didn’t believe the town would have difficulty in filling the manager position.

“From my perspective, Gary and others have done a good job of successor planning from within,” Faultless said. “We have a lot of good department heads, we have strong deputy town managers … we have a lot of good people on staff who are very competent and capable.”

Huff has been the Fishers Town Manager since March 7, 2005, after having served as town manager of Blacksburg, Va., for six years. Before that, he was the deputy town manager of Leesburg, Va.

During his tenure as town manager, Fishers was named a Money magazine “Best Place to Live” four times, including an eighth-place national ranking in 2010.

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