Decatur County Council

    Lora Reed Williams - Attorney

  • lora@williamslawoffice.com
  • Decatur County Court House
    150 Court House Square
    Greensburg, IN 47240
  • (812) 663-7601
  • (812) 663-2242

    Ernie Gauck - Council President

  • ejgauck@icloud.com
  • 681 S. CR 850 E.
    Greensburg, IN 47240
  • (812) 663-2570
    (812) 614-1437
  • (812) 663-2242

    Bill Metz - Councillor

  • bmetz8200@gmail.com
  • 5576 E. CR 200 N.
    Greensburg, IN 47240
  • (812) 593-4320
  • (812) 663-2242

    Danny Peters - Councillor

  • ddbjpeters@gmail.com
  • 4156 S. CR 600 W.
    Greensburg, IN 47240
  • (812) 663-2570
    (812) 593-4491
  • (812) 663-2242

    John Westhafer - Councillor

  • jwest@etczone.com
  • Decatur County Court House
    150 Court House Square
    Greensburg, IN 47240
  • (812) 663-7263
  • (812) 663-2242

    Kenneth Owens - Councillor

  • kandjowens@gmail.com
  • 7258 S. CR 600 W.
    Greensburg, IN 47240
  • (812) 614-4100
  • (812) 663-2242

    Kenny Hooten - Councillor

  • khooten@etczone.com
  • 608 S. Michigan Avenue
    Greensburg, IN 47240
  • (812) 593-8799
  • (812) 663-2242

    Larry Meyer - Councillor

  • larrymmeyer@gmail.com
  • 2151 W. CR 500 N
    Greensburg, IN 47240
  • (812) 593-3193
  • (812) 663-2242

The Council meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 9:00 a.m. unless otherwise advertised.

Terms are four years with the ability to serve an unlimited number of terms.

Duties and Responsibilities

The County Council has fiscal responsibilities for the county including the following.
  1. Annually approves budgets presented by all county government departments.
  2. Holds hearings to adopt all county budgets and tax rates.
  3. Approves all additional appropriation requests for funding for the county throughout the year.
  4. Approves all grants received by the county.
  5. Holds a hearing and approves all abatements requested of the County.
  6. Holds a hearing for library capital projects for various libraries within the county.
  7. Provides representatives to the Economic Development Corporation, Solid Waste District, Wage Committee, etc.
  8. Makes various appointments to boards.
DISTRICTS

A prospective Commissioner must reside in a certain district but be elected by a majority vote of the county. In Lake and St. Joseph counties, however, each of the three Commissioners is elected by the voters in his own district. Commissioner districts must be redrawn at least once every 10 years, and may be redrawn in any odd-numbered year.

TERMS

The terms of office of County Commissioners are four years on a staggered basis.

ORDINANCES

In general, the Board of County commissioners is responsible for the administration of all county business. The Commissioners may enact ordinances to meet local conditions and exercise other authority vested in the Board by the legislature. The base salary for the Commissioners is established by the salary ordinance.

COUNCIL MEMBERS

Council members are elected to four-year terms, with 3 At-Large members (may reside anywhere within our County; while 4 members must each reside within their "District"). Council's Districts (precincts), as well as Commissioners' Districts (precincts) may be redrawn every 10 years according to population increases or decreases. For additional information on these districts, please contact Faith Koors in the Clerk's Office.


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