He’s currently one
of the longest serving municipal employees in the Town of Chesterton.
And he’s retiring
Fire Chief Mike
Orlich announced his retirement--effective at 4 p.m. Friday, May 16--at
Monday night’s Town Council meeting.
faithfully served the town and its residents for 31 years.
everything everyone has done for me,” Orlich said. “I want to thank the
department heads. It’s been a great run.”
appointed CFD Chief in March 2009, following the death of the department’s
long-serving chief, Warren “Skip” Highwood.
DeLaney, R-5th--the council’s liaison to the CFD--took a moment at the end
of the meeting to express his gratitude to Orlich, “for everything you’ve
“We appreciate your
many years of service,” agreed Member Nick Walding, R-3rd. “We’ll miss you.
But we wish you well going forward with your future endeavors.”
Member Jeff Trout,
R-2nd, did note that Orlich is leaving an excellent department, full of
seasoned veterans and up-and-comers.
“I was blessed with
the department I had to lead because I didn’t have to do much leading,”
Members voted 5-0
to name Deputy Fire Chief John Jarka the Interim Chief; and Assistant Fire
Chief Nate Williams the Interim Deputy Chief.