The Winamac Town Board has reinstated several department heads within their government, but has seen a change in one of the board positions.
During their meeting Monday night, the Winamac Town Board elected Kenneth McFarland to serve as its next President. The term will be carried out over the next four years.
McFarland says he believes his previous experience, serving as the Winamac Town Manager for 10 years, will make his new position more effective.
“Things have probably happened since the eight year retirement that I had, but it won’t take long for it all to come back, hopefully,” says McFarland.
McFarland isn’t exactly a stranger to government in Winamac. Apart from his Town Manager experience, he previously worked at the electric utility before serving for seven years on the Winamac Town Board.
He replaces John Plowman who served as Board President for the last several years, but did not seek re-election.
McFarland says he has several goals he hopes to oversee during his tenure.
“Hopefully we’ll improve the appearance of the town of Winamac and expect to reinforce the workforce in ways that are beneficial to the town and to the community,” says McFarland.
Among McFarland’s first responsibilities is to assist in finding a new Town Manager with the search currently being carried out to find a replacement for the long-serving Jim Conner.
The Town Attorney, Chief of Police, Park Manager, and several Superintendent positions were all re-appointed, last night.
The Winamac Town Board voted for McFarland’s appointment to President on a 4-0 vote.