Longtime attorney for Lake County dies

CROWN POINT — John Dull, an attorney whose name practically was synonymous with Lake County for more than three decades, died Tuesday from complications related to cancer.

Dull served as attorney for the Lake County Board of Commissioners, representing the executive branch of Indiana’s second-most populous county, and the county generally, in various legal forums from 1982 until his 2018 “retirement.”

Even after leaving full-time employment, Dull remained a fixture at the Lake County Government Center by continuing to advise the commissioners and his successor on various county legal and policy matters, and occasionally arguing in court on the county’s behalf.

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Dull also recently spearheaded an initiative, in partnership with Indiana University Northwest, to find ways of remedying Lake County’s state-leading tally of tax delinquent properties and reducing the number of parcels with unpaid property taxes that continually “churn” through Lake County tax sales.

Earlier this year, the Indiana General Assembly and Gov. Eric Holcomb approved two new laws based on Dull’s efforts that are focused on reforming the tax sale process in Lake County by keeping out so-called “bad actors” and more quickly getting delinquent parcels back on the property tax rolls.

Dull additionally served in retirement as a member of the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority, tasked with monitoring, on behalf of the governor, the implementation of transit development districts near current and future South Shore Line stations in Lake County.

Mike Repay, president of the three-member Lake County Board of Commissioners, said he considered Dull “a dear friend and teacher” whose contributions to the people of Lake County “are immeasurable.”

“There is nobody quite like him, and his personality will be missed at the Lake County Government Center. I will personally miss his energy and tenacity. He and I could argue, debate, reason

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