Retired Niles city administrator Terry Eull will run for Niles Township clerk this year.

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Eull to run for township clerk

Published 2:05pm Thursday, February 23, 2012

Terry Eull said he is enjoying retirement.

The former Niles city administrator retired in October and says he has “no complaints” with his new-found free time.

But Eull couldn’t stay away from local government too long. He announced his candidacy for Niles Township clerk this week. Current Clerk Marge Durm-Hiatt won’t run for re-election.

“It’s kind of something that just happened,” Eull said in an interview Thursday. “I was talking to people around the township and some friends, and they said I should think about running.”

Eull said it’s an ideal position because it would allow him to serve his community “without the grind” of full-time work.

If he wins the post, Eull would bring 35 years of local government experience. He has worked as assessor of both Niles Township and the city of Niles before serving as township supervisor from 1993 to 1998. Eull spent 13 years as Niles city administrator before his retirement.

Eull recognizes that with some strained relationships on the township board and with the township facing a tight budget, it won’t be an easy job.

“I just think in times like these you need people whose goal it is to serve the people,” he said. “I hope we can work as a group to get things better for Niles Township.”

Durm-Hiatt, a lifelong resident of the township, has served as clerk for 12 years. She worked as a trustee for one term and also served as a county commissioner for two years.

“I’m ready to retire,” she said. “My husband and I are going to start enjoying our age.”

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  • dylan_c22

    Now that this is public, I will be one of the first to support Mr. Eull 100%. THIS is the kind of change Niles Twp. is in need of. An Honest, respected, and educated professional to help Mr. Kidwell get the township back on track.

  •!/kbtonkin Kevin Tonkin

    Welcome back my friend. We need you there. Glad to see even Dylan agreeing with this one even tho Terry is one of the good ole boys.

  • Myrt

    While I would love to see Mr. Eull in this position, didn’t the Niles city limit move the city/township line so he could take his position with the City???? Is the city going to move the line back so he can now work for the Township?????

  •!/kbtonkin Kevin Tonkin

    Hi Myrt, the township and city had a written agreement called “425 Agreement for Conditional Transfer of Land” to transfer Terry’s property to the city for purposes of him serving as City Administrator. This is all perfectly legal under state law as he was contiguous with the township and city boarders. Once he no longer was administrator, his property would revert back to the township. He paid city property taxes but the township got their millage share from the city in the agreement.

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