Tom Klein
Tom Klein
The county has a new administrator.
After former sheriff Mark Casteel turned in his resignation on July 22, the county today hired Tom Klein, the former town manager for Avon.
“Tom has an exceptional amount of experience, has a positive attitude, and a willingness to be a part of our community,” County Commissioners President Jim Fulwider said. “He knows how government works and how to make improvements in efficiencies and vision. This is an exciting time as we fill this position with a very experienced and talented person.”
Commissioner John Frey agreed.
“Tom has a wealth of experience in securing funding for infrastructure projects and then getting the projects to completion,” Frey said. “He will help us focus on our most pressing needs and then quickly address them.”
Commissioner Dan Guard said he was most impressed with Klein’s personal character. “We are very fortunate to find a person like Tom to be our administrator,” he said. “We are gaining a valuable manager, and our community is gaining a great family.”
County Council President Tom Mellish and council member Don Mills participated in the interview process with the three commissioners.
“I want to thank the county commissioners and county council for this opportunity to work with them in order to implement their vision for the county,” Klein said. “My family is excited to move to Montgomery County and make new friends and be active in the community.”
As county administrator, Klein will manage the day-to-day operations of the county government and will administer county policies and plans.
Klein has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Affairs and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs. He began his career in the Public Works Department for the City of Bloomington and later served as the Executive Assistant to the mayor there. He worked for two years as chief financial officer and executive assistant to the public works director for the City of Indianapolis. In 1998, Klein was appointed as the first town manager for Avon, a position he held for 22 years.
He is a credentialed manager recognized by the International City County Management Association and has a Level One Certification from the Municipal Management Institute of Accelerate Indiana Municipalities. He received the Cause-Driven Leadership Award for Social Responsibility from the Hendricks Regional Health YMCA of Avon and the Circle of Corydon Award from Governor Eric Holcomb. Klein also served as President and Central Region Director of the Indiana Municipal Management Association.
Klein is a member of the Avon United Methodist Church and Avon Rotary Club and active in many community activities. He is also a past director for the Indiana Youth Soccer Association. Klein and his wife Lexi and daughter Grace plan to relocate to Montgomery County. He is also the father of three adult sons, Mats, Evan and Cameron.