Wells County has two elected boards with governmental responsibilities and authority. The three-member Board of County Commissioners is an executive and legislative board. The seven-member Wells County Council is the fiscal arm of county government.
The three Wells County Commissioners are:
Blake Gerber (R), Commissioner president, District 2, which is the central third of the county from Ind. 218 to County Road 300N. Home address: 0707S-Ind. 201, Bluffton; 824-1964.
Kevin Woodward (R), Commissioner vice-president, District 3, which is the northern third of the county, from County Road 300N to the north county line. Home address: 909 Heatherwood Lane, Ossian, phone 224-7570.
Tamara Robbins (R), District 1, which is the southern third of the county, from Ind. 218 to the south county line. Home address: 2825E-1100S, Montpelier-90; 820-1142.
All three of the commissioners are elected countywide but they must reside in the district they represent. They are elected for four-year terms. The District 1 commissioner is elected in even-numbered non-presidential election years. The District 2 and District 3 commissioners are elected in presidential election years.
The seven Wells County Council members include four who are elected from and by council districts and three who are elected countywide and serve at-large.
District 1 (includes Rock Creek, Liberty, Jackson, Chester and Nottingham townships, as well as Harrison Township excluding the city of Bluffton): Jim Oswalt (R), 2781S-200E, Bluffton; phone 824-8597.
District 2 (includes Lancaster Township and Jefferson Township east of the Ossian town limits): Steve Huggins (R), 1723E-350N; phone 437-8872.
District 3 (Union Township and Jefferson Township, including Ossian): Todd Mahnensmith (R), council president, P.O. Box 342, Ossian, phone 622-6188.
District 4 (the city of Bluffton south of the Lancaster Township line): Chuck King (D), 1025 S. Main St., Bluffton, phone 273-1742.
At-Large: Vicki Andrews (R), 8708S-600W, Warren-90, phone 375-3131.
At-Large: Michael Mossburg (R), council vice president, 2953W-500S, Bluffton, phone 341-3899.
At-Large: Seth Whicker (R), 1191 W. Hancock St., Uniondale, phone 403-6928.
All council members are elected for four-year terms. The four district council members are elected in even-numbered non-presidential election years. Only voters in their respective districts vote on the district council members. The three at-large members are elected in presidential election years, and they are elected countywide.
The county commissioners meet in regular session in the lower level meeting room of the Wells Carnegie Government Annex, 223 W. Washington St., Bluffton at 9 a.m. on the first and third Mondays of each month, except for county holidays. They also meet as the Wells County Drainage Board at 8:30 a.m. (unless otherwise noted) on those same days in the same location.
Wells County Council meets in regular session on the first Tuesday after the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in the lower level meeting room of the Wells Carnegie Government Annex, 223 W. Washington St., Bluffton. (The schedule changes on holidays and for election week situations.)
County Auditor Beth Davis is the secretary for both the commissioners and council. Information for either board can be sent to the auditor’s office in the Courthouse.
OTHER ELECTED COUNTY OFFICIALS
Beth Davis (R) County Auditor, Courthouse, Suite 205, Bluffton, phone 824-6470. Home: 11831S-500W, Montpelier-90.
Yvette Runkle (R) County Clerk, Courthouse, Suite 201, Bluffton, phone 824-6479. Home: 226 N. Marion St., Bluffton, phone 414-1948. (Also County Election Board member and Passport Information office supervisor).
Kathy Peeper (R) County Treasurer, Courthouse, Suite 204, Bluffton, phone 824-6512. Home: 1748N-600E. 824-6514.
Carolyn Bertsch (R) County Recorder, Courthouse, Suite 203, Bluffton, phone 824-6507. Home: 812 Maxine Drive, Ossian. 824-6507.
Rick Smith (R) County Assessor, Courthouse, Suite 202, Bluffton, phone 824-6476. Home: 5215N-600E, Craigville, phone 597-7177.
Jarrod Hahn (R) County Surveyor, Courthouse, Suite 102, Bluffton, phone 824-6414. Home: 1633E-1000S, Keystone, phone 346-2680.
Kenton Kiracofe (R) Wells Circuit Court judge, Courthouse, Suite 302, Bluffton, phone 824-6485.
Andrew Antrim (R) Wells Superior Court judge, Courthouse, Suite 303, phone 824-6508.
Andrew Carnall (D) prosecuting attorney, Courthouse, Suite 405, phone 824-4102.
Monte Fisher (R) County Sheriff, 1615 W. Western Ave. (Wells County Jail), phone 824-3426. Home: 3640N-400W, Bluffton, phone 543-2553.
Hilarie Gaskill (R) County Coroner, Carnegie Government Annex, 223 W. Washington St., Room 206, Bluffton. Home: 206 Toll Circle, phone 223-0587.
These county elected officials are chosen countywide for 4-year terms, except the Circuit Court judge and the Superior Court judge are chosen for 6-year terms. (Judge Kiracofe’s current term is through 2018. Judge Antrim’s term is through 2021.)
The auditor, clerk, assessor, prosecutor and sheriff are elected in even-numbered non-presidential election years. The treasurer, recorder, surveyor and coroner are elected in presidential election years.
APPOINTED COUNTY OFFICIALS
Roy Johnson, county attorney and Drainage Board Attorney, Edris, Brown, Johnson & Brown-Stohler, 824-0500.
Edward Herman retired as county highway supervisor Feb. 3 and an interim as yet to be announced at the time of this publication. The department is located at 1600 W. Washington St., Bluffton, 824-6430.
Dr. Kay Johnson, county health officer, Health Department, Carnegie Annex, 223 W. Washington St., Bluffton, 824-6489.
Vacant, environmental health specialist/foods, and Natalie Aker for environmental health specialist/septic; Health Department, Carnegie Annex, 223 W. Washington St., Bluffton, 824-6489.
Nicole Rediger, R.N., and Sandra Langel, R.N., public health nurses, Carnegie Annex, 223 W. Washington St., Bluffton, 824-6489.
Marlene Hoag, deputy administrator/registrar, Wells County Health Department, Carnegie Annex, 223 W. Washington St., Bluffton, 824-6489.
Deane Lee Holderman, Department of Child Services director, 221 W. Market St., Bluffton, 824-3530.
Karen Thompson, Wells County Jail commander, Wells County Jail, 1615 W. Western Ave., Bluffton, 824-3426.
Christopher Harvey, chief deputy prosecutor, Child Support IV-D, Courthouse, Suite 405, Bluffton, 824-4102.
Blake Poindexter, Wells County Community Corrections director, Courthouse, Suite 107, Bluffton, 824-6405.
Gregory Werich, chief probation officer, Courthouse, Suite 404, Bluffton, 824-6496.
Roger Sherer, Bill Horan, Molly Hoag, Linda Bushee and Jenni Hoover, Cooperative Extension Service, 1240 4-H Park Road, Bluffton, 824-6412. Fax 824-4891. Home page: www.extension.purdue.edu/wells
Vacant, Emergency Management director, 223 W. Washington St., Carnegie Annex Suite 101, Bluffton. Phone: 824-6433. Fax: (260) 824-6420. Web site: http://wellscounty.org/emergency.htm.
Bobbie Studebaker, Courthouse and Carnegie Annex custodian, Courthouse, Suite 101, Bluffton, 824-6401.
Michael Lautzenheiser Jr., Area Plan Commission director/GIS coordinator; Suzie Gentis, administrative assistant, Carnegie Annex, 223 W. Washington St., Room 211, Bluffton, 824-6407.
Claude McMillan, Veterans Service Officer, Carnegie Annex, 223 W. Washington St., Suite 102, Bluffton, 824-6403.
Wells County Election Board: Yvette Runkle, Wells County Clerk, secretary/member, 824-6479; Roy Johnson, Attorney, member, Republican representative, 824-0500; Larry Sell, member, Democratic representative, 824-2995.