Local Government

Whitley County is a place where things get done. A working relationship with industry and local government helps business thrive.  

Contact each of the towns for the most up to date information. The document link below has contact information for the elected personnel. 

Whitley County Commissioners

Commissioner Chad Banks: District 1 - Cleveland, Etna-Troy and Richland Townships

Commissioner Rob Schuman: District 2 - Columbia, Thorncreek and Washington Townships

Commissioner Theresa Baysinger: District 3 - Jefferson, Smith and Union Townships

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Whitley County Council

The County Council is the legislative branch of the county government that controls all the spending and revenue collections in the county.  They are responsible for setting priorities for the allocation of public funds, establishing salaries and other compensation, authorizing the expenditure of public funds for specific purposes, fixing tax rates and levies, and authorizing the borrowing of money in the form of bonds and notes.

Representatives are elected from county districts.  The council members serve four-year terms.  For the purpose of electing County Councilmen, the county is divided into four council districts, from each of which one councilman is elected.  In addition, three councilmen are elected from the county at large, making a total of seven.

John Barrett, District 1
Kim Wheeler, District 2
Nick Brewer, District 3
Thomas Warner, District 4
Jim Argerbright, District At Large
Joan Western, District At Large
Thor Hodges, District At Large

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Columbia City Government

Ryan Daniel, Mayor
Rosie Coyle, City Treasurer

Columbia City Council

Walter Crowder, President
Jennifer Reffitt
Jennifer Romano
Tad Varga
Daniel Weigold, Vice President

Churubusco Council

The governing body of Churubusco is a three-member Town Council elected at large for four-year terms. The Council annually elects one of its members as President.

The Council employs a Town Supervisor, approves an annual budget, authorizes expenditures, and appoints members of other advisory bodies.  The Council has the power to make and establish ordinances and regulations as long as they do not conflict with State or Federal laws.

Devin Keener, President
Mark Pebble
Nathan VanHorn, Vice President
Madalyn Sade-Bartl, Clerk-Treasurer

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Larwill Council

Town Council meets on the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in Town Hall, 108 North Center Street, Larwill.

Lore Wolfe, President
Troy Keifer
Jerry Utter
Renee Sills, Clerk-Treasurer

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South Whitley Council

The Town Council meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month in the Council room at 118 E. Front Street.  The meeting time is set for 6:30 p.m. and all meetings are public. If you wish to speak at a regular council meeting, please contact the Clerk-Treasurer no later than the Friday prior to the meeting to be placed on the agenda.

Randy Cokl, President
Brock Waterson, Vice President
John Dunn, Councilman

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