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Dabertin, Jacobsen Leaving Hammond City Government Posts

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Two major personnel changes are coming soon to Hammond City Hall, according to a news release from the mayor’s office.

Mayor Tom McDermott Jr.’s chief of staff is stepping down at the end of this month to take the vacant seat for the city on the Regional Development Authority board of directors.  Tom Dabertin said he is leaving Hammond City Hall to avoid any potential for conflict of interest.  He will take the seat vacated by Greater Northwest Indiana Association of Realtors chief executive officer Pete Novak Jr., who said he wants to spend more time at his current job and with his family.  Dabertin’s staying on as a consultant to the city on non-RDA related projects.

The city of Hammond’s economic development director is stepping down from her post next month and one of her colleagues at City Hall is taking her place.  Mayor Tom McDermott Jr. says Beth Jacobsen is taking time off to be a full-time mother to her two daughters.   Taking over for Jacobsen will be Africa Tarver..who is currently the city’s business development planner.   She’s conducted business visits to promote business retention and expansion.   Tarver’s worked for the city of Hammond in different posts for the past 11 years.


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