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Northwest Indiana News: nwitimes.com - News
George Skagerberg gets narrow, split vote for position.
CALUMET CITY -- The City Council Thursday night narrowly approved appointing George Skagerberg
to the newly created position of city consultant.Skagerberg
was a strong supporter of Mayor Greg Skubisz' campaign, admittedly donating around $90,000 to the Skubisz camp.Skagerberg
insisted the position was not political payback for his
contributions to the campaign.
Voting in favor of the appointment were 6th Ward Alderman Nikolaos Manousopoulos, First Ward Alderman Ed Gonzalez and 3rd Ward Alderman Thaddeus Jones.Voting against the appointment were 5th Ward Alderman Gerald Tarka and 2nd Ward Alderman Magdalena "Leni" Wosczynski.Seventh Ward Alderman Cindi Pallick voted "pass."Skagerberg
said Friday that he
welcomed the new position.
"I'm proud of the opportunity to serve the residents of Calumet City and I'm looking forward to meeting the needs that are there," Skagerberg
said."My bosses are the taxpayers."Skagerberg has been a long-time activist in Calumet City, butting heads with former Mayor Gerry Genova and other elected officials in the past.
Genova tossed Skagerberg
out of the City Council chambers during some of the rifts and had him arrested on one occasion.
is a proponent of community policing and recreation for youth.Skagerberg
will charge the city $58 per hour and work between 20 and 40 hours per week, Skubisz said, giving him an a minimum average salary of $60,320 per year.
Jones -- who has been the subject of criticism from Skagerberg
, and lives in his
ward -- supported the appointment.
has been on both sides of the City Council, both good and bad," Jones said."Although I do not agree with the way it is being done, I will support this (appointment).I will caution Mr. Skagerberg
to use this position for the betterment of the residents, not to further himself."Skagerberg has a bachelor's degree in business management and marketing, and a master's degree in recreational management, both from Indiana University.He served as executive director of the Boys Clubs of America (now the Boys and Girls Clubs of America) in Los Angeles in the mid-1970s; assistant superintendent of the Gary Parks Department and chief of the Gary Park Department Police in the late 1970s.Skagergerberg was the deputy director of the Clark County Parks and Recreation Department in Las Vegas, where he served as chief of the department's police force.He
owned Action Mortgage
, a local mortgage company, for nine years and currently owns an apartment building in Calumet City's 3rd Ward, where he