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Former Fishers development official could remain as consultant

June 5, 2015

Tom Dickey, former director of community development for Fishers, left city government for a private-sector job. But he’ll remain as a consultant on projects in the works.

Dickey announced in May that he accepted a job as managing director of real estate for Indianapolis-based Hageman Group, but a consulting services contract with Fishers could compensate him $93,600 over the next year.

The contract, which the Fishers Board of Public Works and Safety will consider Monday, would pay Dickey $7,800 per month until next May to continue working with city officials on economic development.

On top of the base amount, Dickey and the city can agree to payment for “additional services” not covered by the base amount. The contract is for one year.

Under the agreement, Dickey would meet with Mayor Scott Fadness weekly, manage projects, review development proposals, conduct research and make recommendations on economic development opportunities, advise the mayor on ongoing projects, assist or lead negotiations with developers or landowners and prepare written reports.

He’ll also continue working with the city council, redevelopment commission, economic development commission and the town hall building corporation.

According to the contract, if Dickey or Hageman Group become interested in making a real estate investment in Fishers, Dickey must notify the city within five days. Once that notice is given, Dickey cannot provide consulting services, participate in discussions or make recommendations on the specific project.

If Dickey has provided “a significant level of services” for a project that either he or the company is interested in, the city won’t allow the investment to occur. The contract defines “significant” as “providing analysis and giving advice regarding the disposition/redevelopment strategy for city-owned property and developing a (request for proposals) for such project.”

Dickey joined the city in April 2012 and helped oversee the redevelopment of the Nickel Plate District and expansion of entrepreneurial opportunities.

His last day as director of community development was May 29.

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