Government


Good government begins with concerned citizens who know their elected officials and keep abreast of their activities. Local, county, state and national officials want to hear your concerns and opinions. The following is a list of all townships and county elected officials serving our area, and their duties.

TOWNSHIPS

Noble County’s 13 townships are served by township trustees. They are the chief administrative officers for the township and their duties include overseeing needs of the poor. The trustees are paid in part by the county and in part by the township. Trustees in Noble County are:

Albion - John Auld (R), 408 E. Main St., Albion. 636-7506.

Allen - John Huelsenbeck (D), P.O. Box 332, Avilla. 897-2472.

Elkhart - Ross Jett (R), 7452N 200W, Wawaka. 761-2065.

Green - Mel Egolf (R), 0578E U.S. 33- 57, Churubusco. 693-2867.

Jefferson - Dorothy Bauman (R), 3388E 600N, Kendallville. 347-2405.

Noble - Aaron Rex (R), 3758S 300W, Albion. 799-5901.

Orange - George Wolfe (D), 155 Front St. (P.O. Box 398), Rome City. 854-2912.

Perry - Norma Donley (R), 11313N 700W — 57, Topeka. 894-4717.

Sparta - Duane Ginder (D) 11833W 140N, Cromwell. 856-2276.

Swan - Jacque Sobasky (R), 7403E 400S, LaOtto. 693-0022.

Washington - Janelle Burnworth (D), 1786S 700W, Kimmell. 799-4938.

Wayne - Christopher McCoy (R), 208 Granada Drive, Kendallville. 349-1489.

York - Linda Kerlin (R), 3686N 500W, Ligonier. 635-2396.

COUNTY

Many different officers serve a variety of needs on the county level. Following is a listing of elected county officials, their duties, locations and phone numbers:

Assessor — Kim Miller (R) is county assessor and exercises general supervision over all property assessments made within the county. The assessor’s office is on the first floor of the courthouse, and the phone number is 636-2297. Fax: 636-3538.

Auditor — Michelle Mawhorter (R) is county auditor and serves as general bookkeeper for the county. She keeps accounts and issues warrants for payment of claims allowed by the county commissioners. Her office also prepares tax duplications showing value of property and taxes assessed against each taxpayer. The office is on the second floor of the courthouse, and the phone number is 636-2658. Fax: 636-3264 E-mail: nobleauditor@yahoo.com.

Clerk — Diann Bortner (R) is clerk for Noble County. Her office carries out clerical duties of the county courts, as well as handling certain election responsibilities and issuance of marriage licenses. Her office also accepts passport applications, but does not issue them there. The office is on the second floor of the courthouse, and the phone number is 636-2736.

Board of Commissioners — Noble County is served by three commissioners representing the county’s three districts. They are Hal Stump (D), 1st District; Dick Winebrenner (R), 2nd District; and Mark Pankop (R) 3rd District.

As a board, they administer all county business and may enact ordinances. They meet regularly every Monday on the second floor of the courthouse, and also serve as the county drainage board. They may be reached through their secretary at 636-7877. Fax: 636-3244.

Coroner — John Brazzell (D) serves as Noble County coroner.

County Council — Noble County has a seven-member council that meets the first Monday afternoon of each month at 1:30 p.m.

Members of the council are Bob Scott (R), 1st District; Randy Myers (R), 2nd District; Harold Uhl (R), 3rd District; Jack Frederick (R), 4th District; Lee Boggs (R), Lester Alligood (R) and Harold Troyer (R), all at-large. The County Council controls the budget and financial matters.

Circuit Court Judge — G. David Laur (D) serves as judge of Noble Circuit Court. All cases not specifically under the jurisdiction of some other court, board or officer are tried before the Circuit Court judge. Included under the court’s jurisdiction are civil suits, felony criminal cases, divorces and issuance of various writs and court orders. The office is on the third floor of the courthouse, and the phone number is 636-2128.

Superior Court Division 1 Judge — Stephen Spindler (D) serves as judge of Noble Superior Court Div. 1, which has the same jurisdiction as Circuit Court. The office is on the third floor of the courthouse, and the phone number is 636-3205. Fax: 636-3053 E-mail: supct@ligtel.com.

Superior Court Division 2 Judge — Michael Kramer (D) serves as judge of Noble Superior Court Div. 2. The court has jurisdiction over civil disputes up to $10,000 and criminal cases up to and including Class A misdemeanors. The court also handles small claims and infractions. The office is on the third floor of the courthouse and the phone number is 636-2129.

Prosecuting attorney — Steven Clouse (R) serves as Noble County’s prosecuting attorney. He represents the state and prosecutes violators of state statutes in various courts having criminal jurisdiction. The office is located at 109 N. York St. in Albion, and the phone number is 636-2193. Child Support Division: 636-2494.

Recorder — Judy Hass (D) serves as Noble County’s recorder. She is charged with preserving public records, such as deeds, mortgages, liens and articles of incorporation. The office is on the second floor of the courthouse, and the phone number is 636-2672.

Sheriff — Gary Leatherman (R) is sheriff of Noble County. He is “keeper of the peace” and general law enforcement officer in the county, exercising state-granted police powers. The office is at the Noble County Jail, 210 S. Seventh St. in Albion, and the phone number is 636-2182.

Surveyor — Scott Ziegler (R) serves as Noble County surveyor. His primary duties are to survey and keep record of all civil engineering work of the county, including construction and maintenance of drains and ditches. The office is in the Noble County Office Complex — South, and the phone number is 636-2131.


Treasurer — Bonnie Summe (D) is treasurer for Noble County. Her office collects, retains custody of and disburses county funds. It also collects local and state general property taxes for all units in the county and is in charge of other tax collection. The office is on the second floor of the courthouse, and the phone number is 636-2644. Fax: 636-3264.

APPOINTED OFFICIALS

The county is served by a number of other appointed officials, boards and departments. They are:

Library Board — The Noble County Public Library is operated by a board of directors who are appointed by various local governmental bodies. Members of the board are Joseph Pounds, James Shrock, Julie Scher, Harriet Metz, Eleanor Steller, Martha Ayres and Austin Fergusson. The library board meets regularly the first Thursday of each month at 4:30 p.m.

Drainage board — The Noble County Drainage Board is comprised of members of the Board of Commissioners. They meet at 8:30 a.m. on the first Monday of the month and at 1:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays. 636-2131.

Board of Zoning Appeals — Members of the Noble County Board of Zoning Appeals are appointed by the commissioners, County Council and County Plan Commission. The current members are George Bennett, Carol Edwards, Danny Long, Phil Goodrich and Bernard Savoie. It is the duty of this board to hear and determine appeals on any order, requirement or decision made in connection with the county zoning ordinance. This board meets at 7:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month in the Dekko Meeting Room of the Noble County Office Complex — South.

Plan Commission — The Noble County Plan Commission includes nine members who serve on the board because of appointment or because of other offices held within the county. Members are Bernard Savoie, George Bennett, James McFarlin, Scott Zeigler, William Braun, Hal Kiester, Mark Pankop, Hanson Young and Jack Frederick. Beth Shellman is the county plan director.

The Plan Commission has jurisdiction within the unincorporated area of the county for surveying, preparation of maps and administration of zoning ordinances. The Plan Commission meets at 7:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month in the Dekko Meeting Room of the Noble County Office Complex — South, and the commission secretary can be reached at 636-7217.

Richard Adair is the building inspector, and his phone number is 636-2215.

Board of Health — A board of directors oversees activities of the Noble County Health Department, with Dr. Gerald Warrener serving as county health officer. Judy Loy, restaurant sanitarian, and Jack Chronister, septic health inspector, can be reached at 636-2191. The Board of Health meets at 7:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday in January, April, July and October in the conference room at the Noble County Office Complex — South. Fax: 636-2192.

County nurse — The county nurse is Pat Gensic, who can be reached at the health department in the Noble County Office

Complex — South at 636-2191.

Noble County Highway Department — Keith Lytton, highway engineer; Russel Leitch, highway superintendent. Highway department located on S.R. 8, just east of Albion. Phone: 636-2124. Fax: 636-2542.

Cooperative Extension Service — Noble County is served by extension educators provided through Purdue University. Beth Green is county extension director and the Consumer and Family Sciences director. Janeie Meyer serves as 4-H program assistant, and Doug Keenan serves as 4-H and youth education director. Hanson Young serves as the extension educator and agriculture and natural resources director. The educators’ offices are located at the Noble County Office Complex — South and can be reached at 636-2111 or (800) 601-5826. Fax: 636-7704. E-mail addresses: begreen@purdue.edu; keenand@purdue.edu; jemeyer@purdue.edu; younghl@purdue.edu.

Probation Department — Stacey Beam serves as chief of probation for Noble County. The office is located on the first floor of the county courthouse. Phone: 636-3116. Fax: 636-3117.

COURTHOUSE HOURS


Courthouse hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The courthouse is closed for the following holidays in 2003:
Feb. 17 — Presidents Day
Apr. 18 — Good Friday
May 26 — Memorial Day
July 4 — Independence Day
Sept. 1 — Labor Day
Nov. 11 — Veterans Day
Nov. 27 and 28 — Thanksgiving
Dec. 24, 25 and 26 — Christmas
Jan. 1, 2004 — New Year’s Day

GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Noble County’s representatives in the General Assembly are:

State Sen. Robert L. Meeks, (R) District 13
5840E 25N, LaGrange, IN 46761
463-3198 or (800) 382-9467 during session
s13@ai.org

Meeks represents LaGrange and Noble counties, as well as eastern Kosciusko County, western Steuben County and northwest DeKalb County.

State Rep. Marlin Stutzman, (R) District 52.
0310W 700N, Howe, IN 46746
562-3303 or (800) 382-9842 during session.
Fax: 562-3903
marlin@marlinstutzman.com

In Noble County, Stutzman represents Albion, Allen, Elkhart, Jefferson, Orange, Wayne and York townships. In LaGrange County, he represents Bloomfield, Clay, Clearspring, Milford, Greenfield, Johnson, Lima, and Springfield townships. In DeKalb County, he represents Richland and Keyser townships.

State Rep. Robert Alderman, (R) District 83.
5715 Kroemer Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46818
489-5349 or (800) 382-9841 during session.

In Noble County, Alderman represents Washington, Noble, Green, Swan, Perry and Sparta townships. He also represents parts of Whitley and Allen counties.

U.S. CONGRESS

Indiana’s U.S. senators are Richard Lugar (R) and Evan Bayh (D). Indiana’s U.S. representative for the 3rd Congressional District is Mark E. Souder (R).

Sen. Lugar’s office can be reached at the Federal Building, Room 3158, 1300 S. Harrison St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802. The phone number is 422-1505. E-mail: senator_lugar@lugar.senate.gov. Web site: www.senate.gov/~lugar.

Sen. Bayh’s office can be reached at 10 W. Market St., Suite 1650, Indianapolis, IN 46204. The phone number is (317) 554-0750. Fax: (317) 554-0760 E-mail: senator@bayh.senate.gov.

Congressman Souder’s office can be reached at the Federal Building, Room 3105, 1300 S. Harrison St., Fort Wayne, 46802. The phone number is 424-3041. In Washington, contact Souder at 1227 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C., 20515. Phone (202) 225-4436. Fax: (202)225-3479.

KENDALLVILLE GOVERNMENT


Kendallville city departments, locations and contact personnel are listed below.

Mayor’s office: Mayor Larry J. McGahen, City Hall, 234 S. Main St. 347-0352

Clerk-Treasurer: Kimberly D. Forker, City Hall Annex, 234 S. Main St. 347-2452 Fax: 347-7045

City attorney: Michael Yoder, 515 N. Professional Way. 347-9400

Engineering administrator: Scott Derby, City Hall, 234 S. Main St. 347-2152 Fax: 347-7021 E-mail: engineer@kendallville.net

Building inspector: David A. Lange, City Hall, 234 S. Main St. 347-2152 Fax: 347-7021 E-mail: engineer@kendallville.net

City director of planning and zoning: David Harrell, City Hall Annex, 234 S. Main St. 347-2152

Police Chief: William Forker, City Hall, 234 S. Main St. 347-0654. Fax: 347-7030

Fire Chief: James Ebert, fire station 2, 304 E. North St. 347-5010. Fax: 347-7035

Water Pollution Control Department superintendent: Ric McGee, 501 W. Wayne St. 347-1362

Water Department superintendent: Scott Mosley, 917 E. Diamond St. 347-0552.

Street Superintendent: Lyman “Dude” Holbrook, 720 Weston Ave. 347-2252

Park director: James Goodwin, Youth Center, 211 E. Iddings St. 347-1064

Kendallville Municipal Airport: Manager Jim Renkenberger, Airport Road (C.R. 815N). 347-9260 Fax: 347-9964. E-mail: kfsinc@ligtel.com

Several Kendallville government and public-funded organizations hold public meetings once or twice a month or on demand during the year. Listed below are the organizations, members at time of publication, meeting dates, locations and phone numbers for information.

Kendallville City Council: Meetings at 7 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of each month and on demand at American Legion Post 86, 322 S. Main St. Council members are: James Dazey II (R), Shane Mulholland (D), Carl Wagner (D), Larry Blue (R) and Jim Liechty (D). 347-1907.

Kendallville Board of Public Works and Safety: Meetings at 8 a.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month and on demand in the City Hall Annex, 234 S. Main St. Board members are: Carl Wagner (D), chairman, Councilman Larry Blue (R), vice-chair, and Mayor Larry McGahen (D). 347-0352

Kendallville Plan Commission: Meetings at 7 p.m. the first Monday of each month and on demand in the City Hall annex, 234 S. Main St. Commissioners are: Pam Bailey, Deborah Blaine, David Button, John Blum, Rick Kiersey, Floyd Marquart, Jim Liechty, Ray Scott, Doug Uhl, Lisa Cordial and Donna Wright. 347-2152

Kendallville Board of Zoning Appeals: Meetings at 7 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month or on demand in the City Hall Annex, 234 S. Main St. Board members are: Richard Bubb, Doug Uhl, Scott Durbin, Edward Krause and Donna Wright. 347-2152

Kendallville Aviation Board of Commissioners: Meetings at 7:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the Kendallville Municipal Airport, C.R. 815N. Commissioners are: Ron Hite, president; Michael Fitzgibbon, Ken Lash, board members, and Randy Sexton, secretary-treasurer. 347-1653

Kendallville Economic Development Steering Committee: Meetings at noon the second Thursday of each month at the Chamber of Commerce office, 122 S. Main St. Members are: Larry Blue, John Atz, Duane Axel, Rick Borger, Duane Smith, Steve Pyle, Ken Stark and Jerry Kessler. 347-1554 Fax: 347-1575. E-mail: kchamber2@locl.net

Kendallville Local Development Corporation (KLDC): Meetings on demand in the City Hall Annex, 234 S. Main St. Steve Pyle, Alan Roush, Larry Doyle, Ken Stark, Harold Uhl, Jerry Luttman, Jerry Stienbarger, Gene Mory, Carol Wilcox, Larry Blue, Tom Leedy and Jerry Kessler.

Kendallville Redevelopment Commission: Meetings on demand in the City Hall Annex, 234 S. Main St. Ken Stark, chairman, William Franks, LuAnn Coda, Darol Stroman and Robert Frick. 347-2511

Kendallville Economic Improvement District: Meetings on demand in the City Hall Annex, 234 S. Main St. Members are: Roy Linn, John Cazier, Troy Hartman, John Pierce and Pam Ferrier. 347-0352.

Kendallville Economic Development Commission: Meets the first Monday in February and on demand in the City Hall Annex, 234 S. Main St. Members are: Thomas Alberts, Jerry Stienbarger and David Baker. 347-0352.

Kendallville Public Library Board of Trustees: Meetings at 7 p.m. the first Thursday of each month in the Kendallville Public Library, 126 W. Rush St. Trustees are: Jane Rhea, chairwoman, Jane Scheiber, vice chairwoman, Randy Sexton, treasurer, Deb Robertson, Fred Inniger, Sue Emerson and Betty Allen. 347-2768 Fax: 347-5314.

Kendallville Public Housing Authority Board of Directors: Meetings at 7 p.m. the third Thursday of each month at the Lamplighter, 240 W. Angling Road.

Kendallville Park Board: Meetings at 6:30 p.m. the second Monday of each month at the Kendallville Youth Center, 211 Iddings St. Board members are: Dr. Thomas Jansen, president; Garth Coons, vice president; Jim Goodwin, park director, David Button, Don Manger, Jane Rhea and David Deming. 347-1064

Kendallville Traffic Commission: Meetings on demand in the City Hall Annex, 234 S. Main St. Police Chief Bill Forker, chairman. 347-0654

Lake View Cemetery Committee: Meetings on demand in the City Hall Annex, 234 S. Main St. Members are: Christopher McCoy, Roger Longyear, James Ebert, James Liechty and Larry Blue. 347-0352

Northeastern Center Board of Directors: Meetings at 7 p.m. the third Thursday of each month (except July and December), at the center’s board room on 220 S. Main St. Three appointed members make up the board with Jerry Hollister, the center’s executive director. 347-4400

(Editor’s note: Appointed members may change during the year.)

 

 
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