The Town of St. John has named a new town manager. Our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana report Craig Phillips will succeed Steve Kil, who announced his resignation in December.

Phillips, who was selected from a pool of seven applicants, most recently served as the director of planning and redevelopment with Michigan City for eight years.

Before his work in Michigan City, Phillips served as the planning director in Valparaiso for eight years, and with the city of Elkhart for five years, according to the Times.

“His ability to take a project, and not only have the vision to see the future on it, but to drive it from the beginning all the way through the end and his phenomenal follow up … he’s a great guy for this type of project,” Council President Gerald Swets told the publication.

Swets also said Phillips’ experience will boost the town’s plans to develop corridors along U.S. 41 and U.S. 231.

Phillips is slated to step into his new role Monday.

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