Town of Beloit names temporary administrator

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TOWN OF BELOIT - The Town of Beloit Board of Supervisors has appointed township fire chief Gene Wright as interim administrator Monday following the resignation of Ian Haas last week.

Town Chairwoman Diane Greenlee confirmed Wright was named interim leader at Monday's special meeting, with the board accepting Haas's resignation.

Greenlee commended Haas for his work on the incorporation process, and noted that his resignation had been a possibility for the last few months.

Haas had been on paternal leave until Friday, Greenlee said.

Throughout the incorporation process, set to see a Dec. 21 state hearing, Wright had worked closely with Haas.

"Gene has been a leader in the (incorporation) process along with all of our department heads," Greenlee said. "They have all done outstanding work."

Wright also currently serves as interim fire chief in the Clinton Fire Department.

Wright said he was unsure when a new chief would be named to the Clinton department, but said he was handling the workload.

"So far it's working and we are able to take care of anyone," Wright said. "It's a lot of hours but the hard work in Clinton is done. We are just trying to move forward with a few projects, the same way we are in the (Town of Beloit.)"

Wright said he hoped to continue the work started by Haas, noting he had spent the last six weeks filling in for the former town leader.

"Ian did a wonderful job moving things forward for us," Wright said. "It's just about keeping that momentum going. We have some work to do."

A permanent administrator would be chosen after the incorporation process concludes, Greenlee said.

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