Hope chooses new town manager

The town of Hope has chosen a new town manager.

Tom Morton, formerly with the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns will start the new job on June 1st. He got his start as town manager in Chandler, Ind., which he sees as similar to Hope.

He said he was impressed with Hope leaders efforts to improve the community.

“I am very impressed with the leadership here and that was part of the attraction for me,” Morton said. “I don’t know if there is a typical sleepy small town, but it is a town that has a lot of the things going. One of the things is the school system. Most small towns don’t have a high school sitting in them, so that is an advantage. It is a school system with a great reputation, which is also attractive.”

The previous town manager, Melina Fox, left earlier this year in part due to communication problems with the council. Morton talks about how he hopes to avoid a similar situation.

“I think it is just important to keep communications open — to try to communicate freely and openly,” Morton said. “And hopefully a situation like that won’t occur. . Sometimes things go wrong, that is just the nature of business whether you are in the government, private sector or or wherever. But hopefully we will start on the right foot and keep on the right foot.”

The Town Council approved Morton’s contract Monday night.