The Michigan City News-Dispatch
By JESSICA O’BRIEN – Staff Writer
MICHIGAN CITY — An ordinance introduced to the Michigan City Common Council spurred a back-and-fourth debate between Fire Chief Randy Novak and local attorney Christopher Willoughby during Tuesday’s council meeting.
The ordinance, introduced by Councilman Tim Bietry, requests an additional appropriation of $78,506 for fire pension benefits and testing costs for prospective candidates to the fire department.
Willoughby, who was retained by some recent candidates for the department, issued a letter to the Common Council outlining what he believes to be a problem with this ordinance.
In this letter, he describes recent changes to the department’s hiring procedures – specifically the institution of a polygraph test to accompany the state-mandated physical and mental examinations…