1st District Councilman
Aaron Mishler [D] | email@example.com
2nd District Councilman
Brian A. Thomas [R] | firstname.lastname@example.org
3rd District Councilman
David E. Henke [R] | email@example.com
4th District Councilman
Dwight Fish [D] | firstname.lastname@example.org
5th District Councilman
H. Brent Curry [D] | email@example.com
6th District Councilwoman
Tonda Hines [D] | firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary M. Olson [R] | email@example.com
Arvis Dawson [D] | firstname.lastname@example.org
Kevin Bullard [R] | email@example.com
Please call City Hall at 574-294-5471 ext. 1053 for any questions for Common Council Members. For more information on how to contact Council Members cane be found here.
The Council meets on the first and third Mondays of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, except when such a Monday is a City holiday. More information on Common Council meetings can be found here.
To view the Elkhart City Council District Map, click here.
2021 Committee Assignments
- Finance: Arvis Dawson*, Tonda Hines, Mary Olson
- Public Health & Safety: Aaron Mishler*, Brent Curry, Kevin Bullard
- Planning & Development: Dwight Fish*, Tonda Hines, David Henke
- Public Works & Improvements: Mary Olson*, Brent Curry, Aaron Mishler
- Art & Culture: Brian Thomas*, Arvis Dawson, Dwight Fish
- Internal Controls: Arvis Dawson*, Brent Curry, David Henke
* Denotes Committee Chairperson
Council liaisons to boards and commissions:
- Board of Aviation Commissioners: Dwight Fish
- Redevelopment Commission: Tonda Hines
- Board of Public Safety: Arvis Dawson
- Board of Public Works: Arvis Dawson
- Historic & Cultural Preservation Commission: Aaron Mishler
- MACOG: Dwight Fish
- Board of Parks and Recreation: Tonda Hines
- Plan Commission: Mary Olson
- Board of Zoning Appeals: Kevin Bullard
- Elkhart County Solid Waste Management: David Henke
- Lerner Theatre Board: Brian Thomas
- Human Relations Commission: Brent Curry
- Elkhart Urban Enterprise Association: Dwight Fish
- Police Merit Commission: Mary Olson
- Fire Merit Commission: Aaron Mishler
- Douglas Thorne
- Bruce Shreiner
- Tom Shoff
- Shari Mellin
Board of Aviation Commissioners meetings are held the 4th Wednesday of each month at 4pm in the Elkhart Municipal Airport Administration Building located at:
1211 County Road West, Elkhart, IN 46514
The Board of Public Safety is comprised of five members appointed by the mayor. Their responsibilities are to oversee the general operations of the police, fire, communications center, and building and code enforcement department. The Board ratifies the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) contract, the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) contract, and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) contract for the City of Elkhart.
Dr. Robert Woods, Chairman
3908 Doral Lane, Elkhart, IN 46517
574-320-5411 | Bobwoods3908@gmail.com
Carol Loshbough, Vice-Chairman
PO Box 846, Elkhart, IN 46515
574-293-1042 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Anthony Coleman, Member
2131 Frances Ave, Elkhart, IN 46516
574-536-8406 | email@example.com
Rev. Charlie Cross, Member
122 Martin Luther King Dr, Elkhart, IN 46516
618-521-7031 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Corinne Straight-Reed, Member
229 S. Second St., Elkhart, IN 46516
574-350-4209 | email@example.com
Board of Public Safety meetings are held the 9am in the Council Chambers on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month.
The Board of Public Works is comprised of five members appointed by the mayor. Their responsibilities are to oversee all bidding, contracts, agreements, approve policies for various departments, use of City property, as well as the sale of surplus property, and management oversight of the Water and Wastewater Utilities. The Board also negotiates and approves the contract for those employees covered by the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and the Teamsters Unions.
Michael Machlan, President
Elkhart, IN 46514
574-612-1248 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Chad Crabtree, Vice-President
1420 Cedar St, Elkhart IN 46514
574-596-6750 | email@example.com
Jamie Arce, Member
229 S Second St, Elkhart, IN 46516
574-294-5471 ext. 1026 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Ronnie Davis, Member
3716 St Andrews Plc, Elkhart, IN 46517
574-370-7777 | Ron.Davis1insurance@gmail.com
Rose Rivera, Member
229 S. Second St., Elkhart, IN 46516
574-304-6911 | Rose.Rivera@coei.org
Board of Public Works meetings are held the 9am in the Council Chambers on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month.
City Council Liaison: Arvis Dawson
The Elkhart City Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) is a quasi-judicial body whose purpose is the review and consideration of all requests for relief from any standard in the Zoning Ordinance including variances, use variances, special exceptions, conditional use requests, and administrative appeals. Per State statute, members of the BZA may not be contacted regarding a case prior to the public hearing for a case. The BZA is comprised of five members, including two Plan Commission members and three citizen members. The BZA meets the second Thursday of each month at 6:00 pm in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Building.
For more information please visit the Board of Zoning Appeals tab on the Planning and Zoning page.
The Building Department is primarily responsible for conducting building, electrical, mechanical and plumbing inspections within the city limits. Inspections can be made through the individual inspectors located in the staff directory or the Permit Center can be contacted at 574-294-5471 ext 3005.
The Building Department approves construction permit applications for new construction, remodeling of existing structures, and the addition, alteration or replacement of electrical, HVAC, plumbing and fire suppression systems. Prior to approval, plans must be submitted and reviewed for completeness and conformance to Indiana Building Codes. Application must be made through the Permit Center.
Plans for any Class 1 (commercial) structure may be required to be filed with the State of Indiana Department of Fire and Building Services prior to any permits being issued. You can click the link below to go to their website.
Indiana State Building Plan Review
The City of Elkhart currently issues licenses for Electrical and HVAC Contractors only. We do, however, register State Licensed Plumbers and bonded Demolition Contractors. Electrical licensing is done by the Electrical Exam Board and Mechanical (HVAC) licensing is done by the Mechanical Exam Board. All licensing and registrations are renewed yearly and processed by the Permit Center.
All Indiana State Building Codes can be accessed here.
The Elkhart Economic Development Commission consists of a three-member board and meets on an as needed basis, typically to approve loan requests for economic development projects.
The current members include:
- Bob Klose
- Brent Curry
- Dave Osborne
The Electrical Exam Board is the authority approving the issuance of electrical licenses. The Board meets once every quarter to review exam scores and approve licensing. The meetings take place on the 4th Monday of January, April, July and October. This is the only time licenses can be approved to be issued.
The Electrical Exam Board is comprised of the following members:
- Daniel Riddle – Chairman/Electrical Inspector
- Kathy Kalman – Local Homeowner
- Gary Shaum – Electrical Contractor
- Craig Johnson – Industry Electrician
- Philip Niemzyk – Journeyman Electrician
- Don Santerre – Electrical Utility Representative
The exam currently used by the City of Elkhart is the Prometric Master Electrician’s Exam based on the 2008 National Electrical Code. We offer the exam here locally the 2nd Monday of January, April, July and October.
- Jim Rodino, President
- Mandy Leazenby, Vice-President
- Cary Miller, Secretary
- Rev. McNeal Stewart
- Doug Bowlby
Regular meetings are held at 3:30pm in the Common Chambers on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month.
Historic and Cultural
.The Historic and Cultural Preservation Commission is responsible for overseeing development in the City’s Local Historic Districts and assist property owners in applying for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. Properties located in the historic district must conform to Rehabilitation Guidelines contained in the Historic and Cultural Preservation ordinance. All exterior changes to properties in historic districts must be approved by the Historic and Cultural Preservation Commission prior to the start of construction. The HCPC meets the 3rd Thursday of each month at 7p.m. in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Building.
For more information, please visit the Historic and Cultural Preservation tab on the Planning and Zoning page.
The City of Elkhart Human Relations Commission is an enforcement agency where complaints are investigated regarding discrimination in housing, based on race/color, national origin, ancestry, religion, disability, sex, and familial status. The Commission has jurisdiction over housing providers located within the corporate limits of the City of Elkhart. The Commission also provides information to local housing providers, agencies, neighborhoods associations, churches, landlord and tenants and organizations about the Federal Fair Housing Act and Landlord & Tenant Relations Indiana Code 32-31. The Commission’s staff can provide fair housing trainings, outreach material, and can review lease agreements and policies to assure compliance with local and federal law.
- Crystal Welsh, Chair
- Amy DeBeck
- Dana Irving
- Delia Grafjeda
- Kacey Jackson, Assistant Director of Community & Redevelopment
- Dana Donald, CD Specialist & Fair Housing
Elkhart County Rental Assistance Program
Elkhart County has provided instructions and a how-to video to guide renters in applying for emergency rental assistance. The information below should answer all of your questions.
If you are a renter and you:
- do not have access to a computer or smartphone.
- have questions about the application that could not be found in the information provided below.
- have questions about the rental assistance program that could not be found in the information provided below.
Please call this number for assistance:
Fair Housing Trainings
The City of Elkhart Human Relations Commission in partnership with the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) hosted three fair housing events in 2019. The Commission would like to invite you to learn about the Fair Housing Act by attending fair housing training sessions. Please check back for upcoming training dates for 2020.
50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act
April 11, 2018 marked the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, signed by President Lyndon Johnson in 1968.
The Human Relations Commission no longer investigates employment discrimination cases. If you wish to file an employment discrimination case please contact the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or the Indiana Civil Rights Commission.
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (E.E.O.C., Federal Agency):
Phone: 1-800-669-4000, TDD: 1-800-669-6820, website: www.eeoc.gov
Indiana Civil Rights Commission (I.C.R.C., State Agency):
Phone: 1-800-628-2909, TDD: 1-800-743-3333, website: www.in.gov/icrc
For Minimum Wage concerns please contact the Indiana Department of Labor:
Phone: 1-317-232-2655, website: www.in.gov/dol
2021 Regular Meeting Agendas:
Ron Glick, Chairman/Inspector
Steve Clodfelter, Natural Gas Utility
Charles Parker, Class A Contractor
Bart Lefever, Class AA Contractor
Mike Church, Class AAA Contractor
Dale McDowell, Local Homeowner
The Mechanical Exam Board meets on the 4th Wednesday of January, April, July and October of each year.
- Vacant, President
- Mike Sweet, Vice-President
- Sarah Santerre, Secretary
- Nekeisha Alayna Alexis, Treasurer
To reach the Elkhart Park Board Members email email@example.com.
Meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month in the Council Chambers and begin at 3:30 pm.
Application for Use and Event Permits
Note: A combined permit for both the Parks Department and the Board of Works is required.
Fill out the application and submit it via email, mail, or in-person to the Parks office, located at 1320 Benham Ave., Elkhart, IN 46516.
The application can be found here, and please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Applicants must be present at the next board meeting to answer questions from the board.
Additional items you may need:
- 501(c)(3) Form – Not-for-profit organizations
- Certificate of Insurance Liability – a minimum of $3,000,000 coverage
The Board of Parks and Recreation is composed of four members, with the President of the Board serving as the presiding Officer of the Board. Each member is appointed by the Mayor and serves a four-year term. The Board receives the budget, holds any hearings required by law, and approves the award of all contracts.
The Elkhart City Plan Commission reviews and approves or recommends action to the Common Council or Board of Zoning Appeals on Rezonings, Subdivisions, Planned Unit Developments (PUDs) and PUD Amendments, Annexations, Special Exceptions, Wireless Communication Facilities, and other development proposals. The Plan Commission also hears appeals from the decisions of the Plat Committee.
The commission is made up of nine members, including a representative from the Common Council, Parks Board and Board of Works, the City Engineer, and five citizen members. The Plan Commission holds its regular meetings on the first Monday of every month at 1:45 pm in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Building.
For more information please visit the Plan Commission tab on the Planning and Zoning page.
The Plat Committee is appointed by the Plan Commission to act on its behalf. The Plat Committee has the authority to grant primary approval, conditional approval or disapproval of all Minor Subdivisions, grant primary approval, conditional approval or disapproval of all other subdivisions of 3 lots or less, and grant secondary approval for all subdivisions of three lots or less. The Plat Committee is made up of three members and meets on demand in the Planning Services Division office.
For more information please visit the Plat Committee tab on the Planning and Zoning page.
- James Rieckhoff, President
- Brad Billings, Vice President
- Clifton Hildreth, Secretary
- Rev. Jean Mayes
- Thomas Barber
Regular meetings are held at 9am in the Council Chambers on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month.
- Sandi Schreiber, President
- Wes Steffen, Vice President
- Alex Holtz, Secretary
- Gerry Roberts
- Kurt Bullard
- Dorisanne Nielsen
All meetings are held at 4pm on the 2nd Tuesday of each month in the Council Chambers.
Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Districts and Plans:
- Aeroplex Economic Development Plan
- Cassopolis Street Economic Development Plan
- Consolidated South Elkhart Redevelopment Plan
- Downtown Redevelopment Plan
- Technology Park Redevelopment Plan
Confirming resolutions for TIF districts were passed on the following dates:
- Downtown – February 25, 1986
- Southwest Industrial – November 14, 2000
- Aeroplex – November 12, 2002
- Cassopolis – January 10, 2006
- Consolidated South Elkhart – November 12, 2013
For information regarding the City of Elkhart Redevelopment Commission, contact:
George Byers, Assistant Director for Community and Redevelopment
574-294-5471 ext. 1061 | George.Byers@coei.org
Dana Donald, Office Services
574-294-5471 ext. 1014 | Dana.Donald@coei.org
January Special Meeting