Wells County

Commissioners

County Commissioners

The board of County Commissioners as a body has a wide range of executive and administrative authority.

Among the most important powers are those related to:

  • Auditing and authorizing claims against the county. {IC 36-2-6-2}
  • Receiving bids and authorizing contracts.
  • Controlling, maintaining, and supervising county property including courthouses, jails, and public offices. {IC 36-2-2-24}
  • Supervising construction and maintenance of roads and bridges.
  • Exercising appointive powers including both the selection of members to fill positions on boards, commissions, committees, appointments of certain department heads.
  • Planning and implementing strategies for solid waste handling as members of solid waste district boards. {IC 13-21-3-1}
  • Exercising the county’s power of eminent domain.
  • Serving with the county surveyor, as members of the county drainage board.
  • Adopting ordinances and regulations to control the location, construction or repair of all wells within the county.

Michael K. Vanover
President
Republican

Commissioner District 1
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4620 E 900 S
Keystone, IN  46759

260-273-4950
michael.vanover@wellscounty.org

Blake Gerber 
Vice-President
Republican

Commissioner District 2
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707 S SR 201
Bluffton, IN 46714

260-824-1964
blake.gerber@wellscounty.org

Jeff Stringer
Member
Republican

Commissioner District 3
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4906 N 100 W
Uniondale, IN  46791

270-577-1338 (cell)
jeff.stringer@wellscounty.org

Colin Z. Andrews
County Attorney

116 South Main Street
Bluffton, IN  46714

260-824-4049 (office)
candrews@andrewsandcrell.com

Wells County Board of Commissioners Meetings

The meetings are the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month (except as noted) at 5:00 pm for each meeting in the Carnegie Annex Building 223 W Washington Street.

January
3 & 18 (Tues)
February
7 & 22 (Tues)
March
7 & 21 (Mon)
April
4 & 18 (Mon)
May
2 & 16 (Mon)
June
6 & 21 (Tues)
July
5 (Tues) & 18 (Mon)
August
1 & 15 (Mon)
September
6 (Tues) & 19 (Mon)
October
3 & 17 (Mon)
November
7 & 21 (Mon)
December
5 & 19 (Mon)
Current Agenda

This information can also be found on the events calendar on the home page.

10/19/2022 Regular Session - Cancelled

09/15/2022 Special Session

Commissioners Meeting Minutes
Wells County ADA Transition Plan

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ADA Transition Plan

Employment Openings and Appointment Openings

The Wells County Board of Commissioners are accepting applications for Board Appointments to:

Property Tax Board of Appeals

The appointment to this board will expire on December 31. 2022.  All appointments will start on January 1, 2022.

Some qualifications may apply for certain boards.

Board Appointment Application

Commissioner Appointments 2021

ADA Coordinator (1-year term):
Nate Rumschlag

Alcoholic Beverage Commission Member (1-year term):
Janessey Kline

Area Plan Commission (1-year term):
Tim Rohr & Tyson Brooks

Board of Zoning Appeals (4-year term):
Tracy Gentis (12/31/2023) & Tyson Brooks (12/31/2024)

Chamber of Commerce Representative (1-year term):
Blake Gerber

Cemetery Board- 5 year terms:
Thomas Liby (term expires 12/31/22)
Connie Brubaker (term expires 12/31/23)
Bill Dowty (term expires 12/31/24)
Chris Pease (term expires 12/31/25)
Jerri Lehman (term expires 12/31/26)

Community Correction Advisory Board (4-year term):
Sheriff, Scott Holliday
Prosecuting Attorney, Colin Andrews
Bluffton Mayor Representative, Kyle Randall
Circuit Court Judge, Kent Kiracofe
Superior Court Judge, Andrew Antrim
DCS, Deane Holderman
Public Defender, Larry Mock
Probation Officer, Greg Werich
County Fiscal Body, Jim Oswalt
Mental Health, Kari Adams (term ending 12/31/2025)
Educational, Rick Mettler (term ending 12/31/2023)
Ex-Offender, Lanuel Vega (term ending 12/31/2022)
Victim/Victim Advocate, Dave Spear (term ending 11/30/2022)
Lay Person, Blake Gerber (term ending 12/31/2023)
Lay Person, Michael K Vanover (term ending 12/31/2023)
Lay Person, Mary Porata (term ending 12/31/2025)
Lay Person, Jeff Stringer (term ending 12/31/2023)

Community & Family Services (3-year term):
Kelly Herman (term ending 12/31/2022)

County Attorney (1-year term):
Colin Andrews

County Engineer (1-year term):
Nate Rumschlag

County Highway Supervisor (1-year term):
Shawn Bonar

County IT Director (1-year term):
Roger Richardson

Courthouse Custodian (1-year term):
Bobbie Studebaker

District 3 Planning Council (1-year term):
Scott Holliday

Economic Development Representative (1-year term):
Jeff Stringer

EMA Director (1-year term):
Rick Velasquez

EMA Advisory Board (1-year term):
Michael K Vanover

EMS Board (1-year term):
Blake Gerber

Health Department Board (4-year term):
Ann McNabb, RN (term ends 12/31/2023)
Tom Longenberger (term ends 12/31/2023)
Vacant  (term ends 12/31/20  )
Doug Cale (term ends 12/31/2022)
Dr. Mary Donley, MD (term ends 12/31/2024)
Steve Bales, DVM (term ends 12/31/2024)
Christopher Esterling (term ends 12/31/2025)

Huntington City-Twp Public Library (4-year term):
Jessica Mankey (term ends 12/31/2024)
Theresa Salzano (term ends 12/31/2025)

Property Tax Board of Appeals (1-year term):
Chandler Gerber

Regional Sewer District (4-year term):
Bruce K. Stinson (term ending 12/31/2024)
Andrew Stoller (term ending 12/31/2024)

Rock Creek Conservancy (4-year term):
Jeffrey L. Prible, Director (term ends 12/31/2025)
Roger Irick (term ends 12/31/2022)
Roger McAfee (term ends 12/31/2022)
Robert Mautz (term ends 12/31/2024)
Mike Schumm (term ends 12/31/2024)

Sick Bank Committee (1-year term):
Laura Dalrymple, Marlene Hoag & Diana Collins

Title 6 Coordinator (1-year term):
Colin Andrews

Veterans Officer (1-year term):
Dewey Randall

Wabash River Heritage Corridor Commission (2-year term):
Douglas Sundling (term ending 12/31/2023)

Wells County Public Library (4-year term):
Julie Eicher (term ending 08/15/2025)
John Stauffer (term ending 08/16/2024)

911 Director (1-year term):
Mike Miller

E-911 Advisory Board (1 year term):
Commissioner, Michael K Vanover
County Council, Seth Whicker
Sheriff, Scott Holliday
EMS, Rick Piepenbrink
Bluffton Police, Chief Kyle Randall
Bluffton Fire, Don Craig
EMA, Rick Velasquez
911 Director, Mike Miller
City Council, Josh Hunt
Volunteer Fire, Sam Bisel
Ossian Police, Chief David Rigney

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