Starke County government leaders will have some summer help to tackle a few big jobs. Council members approved the hiring of an intern from the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs for 120 hours of work at $7.25 an hour to be paid from the economic development income tax and commissioners budget. The intern’s responsibilities include helping to codify county ordinances and analyzing the county’s salary and wage structure. Commissioner Jennifer Davis will be his supervisor, and he will work Monday through Thursday. Davis says having an intern with a solid background in governmental affairs represents a win-win for the county, as he will be able to get some valuable hands-on experience and the county will get a lot of value for their investment in terms of the projects he’s been assigned.
Written by Mary Perren
WKVI News Director Mary Perren is glad to be back home in northern Indiana and on the radio. She’s a North Judson native with more than 20 years of news experience. She’s worked in print and radio news in Indianapolis, Hopkinsville, Ky., Nashville, Tenn. and most recently in Winamac before taking over as news director for Kankakee Valley Broadcasting in February of 2013. Her work has been honored by the Associated Press, StateNets News Association, Curb Foundation, Hoosier State Press Association and IBA. When she’s not sitting in the anchor chair or chasing down news, Mary enjoys shopping for antiques, attending concerts and taking long walks and rides in her vintage Saab convertible, weather permitting. She’s also a hopelessly devoted Chicago Cubs fanatic who still cringes at the mention of Steve Garvey and Josh Beckett and maintains it wasn’t Steve Bartman’s fault.