Tom Spiess to resign 11.14

Written by David Green.

Fayette village council members learned Thursday they will be without a village administrator when the new year begins.

Tom Spiess told councilors at the regular meeting Thursday that he intends to resign as the interim administrator Dec. 31.

What began as a temporary assignment  in October 2001 will finally come to an end six years later, but that doesn’t mean Spiess will be finished with village affairs.

Spiess said he wants to devote more time to personal and family endeavors and to focus on economic development.

“Is there a lack of passion? Not at all,” he said Thursday, but added that his passion was never about doing work that others with better management skills could handle.

“What I really want is to get back to selling this community,” he said in reference to economic development efforts.

Spiess said later the village needs an advocate and that role should not be filled by the administrator. A community advocate, he said, should be free of the demands of day-to-day operations to enable more attention to promotion, growth and development of the community.

Spiess also said he’s not sure the village can afford a full-time administrator in its current financial situation. The position was created when the village was economically strong, but job losses in the past 10 years have changed the revenue stream.

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