Whitestown town manager resigns


By Chris Bavender

Whitestown Town Manager Dax Norton will leave his role Jan. 27 to take a private sector job. Norton submitted his resignation letter to the Whitestown Town Council Jan. 2.

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“The decision to begin a new career in the private sector was not easy. It was certainly bittersweet,” Norton wrote. “I will miss this staff family, and I will always cherish our collective accomplishments.”

Norton, who was not available for comment, did not indicate what his new position will be.

Norton became Town Manager in 2013. He had previous experience working with Boone County in his role as Executive Director of the Boone County Economic Development Corporation from 2008 – 2013.

In his resignation letter, Norton noted the past five years “have been the best 5 years of my professional career.”

“I have thoroughly enjoyed working for the residents of Whitestown on behalf of the Whitestown Town Council, and I will miss the day to day interaction with the people that have made this job so very rewarding,” he said.

Tanya Sumner, Director of Public Relations, Town of Whitestown, said it is bittersweet to lose Dax as Town Manager.

“With his economic development background, it’s going to be hard to fill his shoes. He’s done a terrific job leading our growing community over the past five years,” she said. “But we, as a staff, all know that this is the right move for him and his family, so we are very happy for him and wish him the best in the future.”

On a personal note, Sumner said she will always be grateful to Norton for creating a public relations department and hiring her as the town’s first public relations director.

“It’s been a terrific experience working under him and learning from him for the last four years since he hired me,” she added.

Until a new town manager is chosen by the town council, Sumner said there will likely be an interim period first, with several department heads serving in the role until the position is permanently filled.

In a Facebook post, Norton expressed his gratitude to the community and quoted Winnie the Pooh: “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”