McGowan Appoints Interim SSD

ST. MARYS — The city’s top engineer has been named interim safety-service director in St. Marys.

Mayor-elect Patrick McGowan confirmed to The Evening Leader he has appointed current Engineering Superintendent Craig Moeller to serve as the city’s interim safety-service director. Current Safety-Service Director Tom Hitchcock announced his resignation, effective Dec. 31, so that he could accept the same position with the city of Celina.

“He’s really close to what is going on in the city office and exposed to it and has a lot of experience,” McGowan told The Evening Leader. “A lot of the department heads said to me that he was their choice and when a guy comes well recommended by his peers, it tells me something.”

McGowan said the search for a permanent replacement is expected to take until mid to late-February at the earliest. Interviews should begin next month.

“We have some outstanding candidates, at least on paper,” McGowan said. “There are some pretty well-qualified candidates who are applying and I am excited about that. That’s just going to give St. Marys a leg up going into the 21st century.”

McGowan said he expected to follow a similar timeline in naming a replacement for Todd Fleagle, who served as the city’s development manager. Fleagle announced his retirement earlier this month.

“We just have a stack of resumes,” McGowan said. “Todd has been extremely helpful with the transition.”