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Center Township's Drummer stepping down

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Center Township Trustee Carl Drummer intends to resign from his post to take a lobbying job with Ice Miller LLP, according to a WISH-TV Channel 8 report.

In an interview with WISH reporter Jim Shella, Drummer, 44, said he plans to leave township government to advocate on its behalf.

Neither Drummer nor Ice Miller returned phone calls before IBJ Daily's deadline.

Indiana's township system has been under fire for years as momentum builds for government consolidation. Township assessors already have been phased out in many counties, and Gov. Mitch Daniels and others have called for additional efforts to streamline local government.

Drummer has served as Center Township trustee since 1997, when he replaced his former boss, the late U.S. Rep. Julia Carson.

Township trustees are responsible for administering assistance to poor residents, among other duties. Drummer's office, however, routinely spends far less on poor relief than it collects each year. IBJ reported last year that Center Township had a $7.1 million cash reserve at the end of 2007.

Drummer and his predecessors also have stockpiled property over the years, building a portfolio of mostly undeveloped land and buildings worth an estimated $10 million.

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