Starke County has a new veterans service officer after action last night by the county commissioners. They voted to terminate Terry Turner from the position and replace him with Mark Gourley. President of the Commissioners Kent Danford says he’s a veteran with experience filing claims for servicemembers in LaPorte County. After the meeting, Danford said he’s received several complaints about Turner.
Gourley will take over the job within the next week to 10 days. Turner told the commissioners he will assist in any way possible during the transition period and said he will be happy to answer any questions that may arise after he’s gone. Commissioner Don Binkley made the motion to terminate Turner, and Danford seconded it. Commissioner Kathy Norem was present but did not vote. Turner thanked the commissioners for the opportunity to work as the service officer for the past two-and-a-half years.