Column: Saying goodbye


Commentary by Mayor John Ditslear

The city said goodbye and good luck to one of our longtime servants just a couple weeks ago. Mike Hendricks had a 23-year distinguished career, serving Noblesville with dedication and compassion.

2016 Common Council President Greg O’Connor presents Mike Hendricks with the Stake in the Ground Award in December. The award is presented to the department director that goes above and beyond their work requirements. (Submitted photo)

After graduating from Ball State, Mike began working for the city in the wastewater utilities department before becoming director and later deputy mayor. No matter what was asked of him, Mike exceeded in every role.

I asked several of those that worked closely with Mike and they commented on his witty, sarcastic humor. They also were quick to point out that in any of his leadership positions, he would not ask anyone to do anything he wasn’t willing to do himself.

In 2013, Mike received the prestigious Ivan H. Brinegar Municipal Management Award by the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns. The award recognizes veteran municipal officials who display strong leadership, contribute to the community and serve as a role model to citizens and municipal officials. I staunchly believe IACT could not have selected a more deserving person than Mike.

In addition to his job responsibilities, Mike volunteered his time to serve on the Noblesville Schools School Improvement Committee and the Noblesville Education Foundation Board of Directors. He also was past president of the Noblesville Midday Rotary Club and a member of the Development Organization Team for Noblesville Youth Sports. These activities displayed Mike’s dedication to the city and his willingness to better the community.

Last January, Mike undertook a different role by heading the newly created Controller’s Office. I was told from the department that “without Mike’s knowledge, patience and humor, this past year would not have been such a success. He made the transition go so smoothly.” That seemed to sum up Mike best; he worked inclusively to accomplish tasks and people enjoyed working with him.

It is with heartfelt gratitude that I thank Mike for his years of service to Noblesville. While we miss him, we wish him the best in his new endeavor and for his lasting impact.

Mayor John Ditslear has served consecutively as the city’s mayor since 2004. Contact the mayor’s office by calling 317-776- 6324 or emailing