The Porter County
Council reorganized and made citizen and Council appointments to boards at
its meeting Monday.
The Council elected
Jeremy Rivas (D-2nd) President and Mike Jessen (R-4th) Vice-president. The
Council also renewed its agreements with its Attorney Harold Harper and
County Surveyor Kevin Breitzke. There were no changes to the contracts,
except the annual raise for County employees that applies to the Surveyor.
The Council voted
to reappoint Craig Kenworthy and Drew Armstrong to the County Park Board.
Since a 2019 state
law and subsequent resolution by the Council changed the way Park Board
members are appointed, the Board of Commissioners now has two appointments
and County Auditor Vicki Urbanik has an appointment as well.
appointment cannot be a member of the Council or a Commissioner. The Council
asked her to let them know when she has made her choice. Harper said she has
until Jan. 15.
reappointed Don Ensign to the Redevelopment Commission, Tom Swihart to the
Alcoholic Beverage Commission, Scott Williams to the Property Tax Assessment
Board of Appeals (PTABOA), and Nick Walding to the Duneland Economic
The Council tabled
its appointment to the Dunes Tourism Board until Jan. 28 because its current
appointment, Mitch Peters, has announced a campaign for Circuit Court Judge.
The Council also
appointed Council members to sit on boards and commissions. Member Sylvia
Graham (D-at-large) and Harper were assigned to the Community Corrections
Advisory Board. Graham was also assigned to the Recycling & Waste District
and the Council on Aging. Graham and Jessen were assigned to the Juvenile
Justice Advisory Board. Member Jeff Larson (R-at-large) was assigned to the
Northwest Indiana Regional Planning Committee (NIRPC) and the Dunes Tourism
Board. Bob Poparad (D-1st) was assigned to the Plan Commission. Member Greg
Simms (D-3rd) and Graham were assigned to Emergency Management. Rivas was
assigned to the Stormwater Advisory Board, the E911 Policy Board, and the