A longtime former Avon city manager has been named Montgomery County’s next administrator.
Tom Klein was appointed on Monday by the Council of Commissioners to oversee the day-to-day operations of the county government. Klein begins September 21.
“We feel like the friendliness of the community and the way everyone works together to uplift the county is something [we] want to be a part of it, ”said Klein, who is moving to the county with his family.
The county has been looking to fill the position since Mark Casteel, who became the county’s first administrator in 2019, resigned in July.
Originally from Illinois and growing up in Bloomington, Klein was Avon’s first CEO for 22 years until he stepped down in June. Previously, he was Financial Director and Executive Assistant to the Director of Public Works for Indianapolis.
He began his career in the Bloomington Public Works Department before becoming Executive Assistant to the City’s Mayor.
Klein served as president and central regional director of the Indiana Municipal Management Association and received the Circle of Corydon award from Governor Eric Holcomb. He graduated from Indiana University.
“Tom has an exceptional background, has a positive attitude and a willingness to be part of our community,” said Chairman of the Council of Commissioners Jim Fulwider.
“He knows how government works and how to improve efficiency and vision. It is an exciting time as we are filling this position with a very experienced and talented person.
Commissioner John Frey highlighted Klein’s “wealth of experience” in securing funding for infrastructure projects and overseeing their completion.
Commissioner Dan Guard said the county “is gaining a valuable manager and our community is gaining a big family”.
County Council Chairman Tom Mellish and City Councilor Don Mills also served on the Commissioners Interview Committee.
Klein was a finalist for government management positions in three other states before accepting the position in Montgomery County. He knows people who work in local factories and have attended Wabash College.
As a history buff, Klein said the county’s historic landmarks drew him to the community as well. Klein is a Rotarian and the family is considering attending one of the local United Methodist churches. He is also a former director of the Indiana Youth Soccer Association.
Klein and his wife, Lexi, a freelance graphic designer, have a daughter, Grace. Klein also has three grown sons, Mats, Evan and Cameron.