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February 6, 2013

Former firefighter named commissioner office manager

Dykes also served on County Council

ANDERSON, Ind. — A week ago, Dan Dykes was an Anderson firefighter.

Today, he’s the Board of County Commissioners office manager.

And no stranger to the inner workings of county government is he.

When Jack Lutz was elected to the Indiana General Assembly in 1991, Dykes took his seat on County Council.

He held that position for 15 years, serving with both John Richwine, R-North District, and Jeff Hardin,

D-Middle district, when they also served on the council.

Richwine said he was excited that Dykes agreed to accept the position because of his council tenure and management experience at the Anderson Fire Department.

Dykes is moving into a job formerly held by Linda Smith, who was named county recorder after Angela Shelton resigned in November.

Although the previous council eliminated the office manager position in a cost-cutting move, the new council restored the job last month.

“He’s going to bring a lot to the table and the community,” said Commissioner Steffanie Owens, R-at large. “With his knowledge of county government, I think he’s going to keep it (the commissioner’s office) running smoothly.”

Dykes, a 1973 graduate of Anderson High School, joined the Anderson Fire Department in 1980. His tenure included a stint as assistant chief during Anderson Mayor Kevin Smith’s first term in office.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge,” Dykes said. “Hopefully I’ll be able to help resolve issues before they become bigger issues for the commissioners.”

Dykes said he expects to serve as a liaison for the commissioners at public meetings and could even use his expertise in matters of building code compliance to benefit the county.

Richwine said he expects that the job description for the office manager position will be rewritten to reflect both the skills Dykes brings to the job, and new duties that he will be assigned.

Dykes is married and has two sons, both Purdue University graduates.

Find Stu Hirsch on Facebook and @StuHirsch on Twitter, or call 640-4861.

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