Sue Kiesewetter reports:
After serving seven years as a Liberty Township trustee, Pat Hiltman is stepping down, 10 months shy of finishing his second term.Hiltman said he was resigning effective immediately because a recent job change requires extensive travel.
“I can’t do both justice,’’ Hiltman said Wednesday. “It was an absolute honor and privilege to serve the residents of Liberty Township. I’m really going to miss it.”
Trustee President Christine Matacic said she would accept resumes with a cover letter from any township resident interested in filling Hiltman’s position through Feb. 28.
She and trustee David Kern have until March 21 to fill Hiltman’s spot. Whoever is selected would serve through the end of the year and would have to run in the November election to keep the seat past Dec. 31.
Hiltman said he is proud to have served on the board that brought a more business-like approach to running the township with the assistance of former administrator Dina Minneci.
“We brought a true business approach to the township,’’ Hiltman said. “I hope my legacy will be the business structure we’ve established in the township. I’m proud to have been involved in that.”
He cited the creation of the economic development, finance, and human resource departments along with establishing an overlay district for zoning, introducing merit pay increases, and becoming a home rule township.
During his terms Hiltman said he’s finished all the goals he had set – with one exception.
“I’ve accomplished everything I wanted to with the exception of bringing the Steiner project to fruition, but I think that will happen anyway. It’s been a good run.”
Steiner and Associates plans to develop a $500 million mixed use project along the north side of Liberty Way that includes a cinema, luxury apartments, restaurants, offices and retail.