• Town Manager Cheatham tenders resignation. Kleinhenz promoted to acting Town Manager

    February 24, 2012 No comments

    The Brownsburg Town Council accepted the resignation of town manager Dale Cheatham at its meeting last night and appointed the current assistant town manager, Grant Kleinhenz, as the acting town manager while the council considers this position. 

    The Council and Kleinhenz are working closely with Cheatham to facilitate a positive and smooth transition for the Town and its citizens. Cheatham and his family are returning to Texas, where they resided for 18 years before moving to Brownsburg. He has been offered the position of City Manager of the City of Burleson located near the Dallas-Fort Worth area where he will be closer to family. 

    Cheatham joined the Town of Brownsburg administration as Town Manager in January, 2010 after the Town Council conducted a nationwide search for candidates. Selected from a field of 250 applicants, he is Brownsburg’s first professional, credentialed manager. In the past two years, the Town has made significant strides under Cheatham’s leadership. His 20-year public affairs background and vision for making Brownsburg an even better place to work, play, and conduct business have helped the Town accomplish several projects that will have a significant long-term positive impact on the community, including: 

    • State approval for the expansion of its tax-increment-financing (TIF) district, allowing more flexibility to use TIF revenue to fund community improvement projects.
    • Annexation of the Ronald Reagan/I-74 corridor and Lucas Oil Raceway, expanding the size of the Town by about one-third and providing the potential for Brownsburg to diversify its tax base in the years to come.
    • Towns of Brownsburg and Avon officials reaching a mutually amicable resolution regarding annexations and development of a plan for orderly and harmonious growth.
    • Capital improvements including replacing the 60+ year old utility lines in SR 267; replacement of utilities and road reconstruction on North Grant Street and in the Murphy Meadows subdivision; and replacing the 40+ year old water treatment plant in Arbuckle Acres Park.
    • Increased transparency communications for citizens through live video streaming public meetings, newsletters, email and social media.

    Brownsburg Town Council President Dwayne Sawyer said, “We’re quite proud of the Town’s accomplishments under Dale’s leadership, and we wish him well in his future endeavors.”

    Kleinhenz has nearly 15 years experience in public service, including several municipal management positions. Prior to joining the Town of Brownsburg administration in April 2011, Kleinhenz was the City Manager for the City of Centralia, Illinois. He also served as the Humboldt, Iowa, City Administrator in 2003-04 and was the Town of Fishers, Indiana, Assistant Town Manager from 1999 to 2003. 

    A native Hoosier, Kleinhenz holds a Bachelor of Science degree in public affairs management from Indiana University’s School of Public & Environmental Affairs and a Master of Business Administration degree from Indiana Wesleyan University. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute. A member of International City/County Management Association (ICMA) since 2003, Kleinhenz earned credential manager status last fall. 

    “I really appreciate the opportunity to work with Dale.” Kleinhenz said. “It’s hard to see someone of his caliber leave, but I’d like to thank the Town Council for its vote of confidence in me at this time. Brownsburg is at a crossroads – we have a lot of exciting and challenging issues coming before us and I’m pleased to work with the Council and continue to move the Town forward.”

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