The Common Council (also known as the City Council) is the Legislative Body for the City of Columbia City. The Council is made up of four elected representatives from four sections of the City, and one at-large representative, elected by the entire City. The Council has many roles and responsibilities including approving the yearly budget, setting ordinances (laws) for the City, and changing/implementing policies for city employees. The Council meets on the Second and Fourth Tuesdays of each month at 6:00pm in the Council Chambers on the 2nd floor of City Hall. Click here for a map of the Council Districts.

Mayor Ryan Daniel

I am proud to continue serving the residents of Columbia City as their mayor. Prior to my election in 2011, I previously worked for Lt. Governor Becky Skillman in the Office of Community and Rural Affairs. I am a Columbia City High School Graduate (2003) and a Anderson University Graduate (2007) with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Science. I am married to Reverend Amanda Daniel and have a daughter, Aria. I’m thankful that our community is a growing and friendly community. We invite you to consider joining us for a weekend or decide to stay for a lifetime. We are building a future together and we want you to join us! I welcome the opportunity to hear your comments and/or concerns. 

Office: 1-260-248-5111
Fax: 1-260-248-5105
Office hours 8AM-4PM*

*To set up an appointment with the Mayor, please call the office in advance as schedules tend to fluctuate from day to day.

Clerk Treasurer Rosie Coyle

This is my 9th term in office.  I enjoy serving the community and the citizens of Columbia City.  I am a designated Indiana Accredited Municipal Clerk and have served as District Director for the Indiana Association of Clerks and Clerk Treasurers, served as Executive Director of the Clerk’s League for Third Class Cities, have served on the Columbia City/Whitley County Joint Planning Board and I as a member of our Computer Software User Advisory Board. In 2006 I received the Financial Municipal Management Award for the State of Indiana.  In 2014 I was honored to receive a “Distinguished Hoosier” award from Governor Michael Pence.  I started working for the City in 1965 and in August 2015 I reached my 50 years.  (Does not seem possible)

I am the daughter of the late Joe & Mary Parent. My husband Larry and I have 3 children Chad Coyle (deceased), Todd (Carmen) Coyle, Kimberly (Jerry) Jones, and have four grandchildren.  My church affiliation is St. Paul of the Cross.
Office: 260-248-5100
Fax: 260-248-5105

Nicole Penrod

I am in my third term serving the Southeast District on Columbia City’s common council.  Thanks to the voters of the Southeast District for putting your faith in me for another four years.  My husband, Geoff, and I continue to lead busy lives and things have changed a little and are about to change even more.  Our son, Brandon, still lives in Columbia City with his three boys.  Our daughter, Elizabeth, and her husband still live in Westfield but have added a daughter to their family.  They now have two daughters and a son.  I am still working for Dr. James McConnell and also still spend a lot of time at the high school for sporting events.  That will change soon as Geoff will be retiring at the end of this school year.  I will continue to work and serve on Council after he retires.  But with his retirement will come more time to spend with the grandkids!

Dan Weigold

This will be my third term in office and I am very honored to have this opportunity. I want to continue to bring a high level of trust and responsibility to this position. I want to listen and openly communicate the issues that are before us. I have resided in Columbia City for close to 28 years. I am currently employed by Whitley County Government as the GIS Coordinator. I have had the privilege of coaching High School Athletics for 28 years. I am  currently varsity coach with the CCHS Softball program. I earned the rank of Eagle Scout as a member of the Boy Scouts of America . I am a active member of Columbia City United Methodist Church. I enjoy all types of sporting events. Most importantly, spending time with my wife  of 26 years Laura, our son Kyle, and our daughter Anna.
Phone: 260-248-8605

Jennifer Romano

Jennifer Zartman Romano is a lifelong resident of Whitley County, growing up in Thorncreek Township. A graduate of Columbia City High School, she holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from Purdue University at Fort Wayne. In addition to being the owner of a small business, she is the marketing director of the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce. With more than 20 years experience, she has a strong background in marketing, journalism, public relations, graphic design, photography, non-profit and social media.

A devoted long-time community volunteer, Jennifer serves in leadership roles on several local non-profit organizations. She has a great love of Columbia City and Whitley County, striving in many ways to improve the community for future generations.

Jennifer was initially elected by caucus in August 2015 to serve as the representative of the Southwest District on the Columbia City Common Council. She was then elected in November 2015 to represent the Southwest District for the following four years. She serves on the city’s ordinance and brownfields committees, as well as other special committees as needed. Through her work on the Council, Jennifer enjoys meeting with citizens, listening to their concerns, identifying their needs and seeking meaningful solutions, keeping everyone’s best interest in mind.

Jennifer and her husband, Tony, are the parents of three children they are proud to raise in this caring, vibrant community where her family has been rooted since 1838. In her spare time, she enjoys outdoor activities, photography, painting and spending time with her family and friends.
Phone: 260-610-1873

Walt Crowder
Council President

Walter Crowder has been a resident of Columbia City since 1970. Walter and his wife Joy, we been married 40 years. We have a son (Ryan) and a daughter (Jody). We have 3 grandchildren, Coulter,Luke and Taylor. I’m starting my 4th term on City Council of the Northeast District and 3rd term on Board of Works.  I’ve been elected by my colleagues for Council President for overs 9 years. I’ve retired from Sprint Corp with 28 years and Parkview Health System with 12 years. Currently working at Robert Bosch in Albion as a Group Leader.

I’m currently inactive with the Columbia City Fire department, serving for over 23 years. Offices held on the department has been, firefighter,Captain,Asst. Chief and Chaplin.
Phone: 260-244-5333

Tad Varga

Tad Varga has been a resident of Columbia City since 1995. Tad and his wife Kim have 3 sons and 1 daughter.   In 1992 he graduated from Ball State University with a degree in Telecommunications Sales and Marketing.  Since 1999 Tad has been president and co-owner of Whitley County based Three Birds Casual which designs, manufactures and distributes luxury patio furniture around the world.   When not running his business and serving on the City Council, Tad  helps coach the local YMCA swim team and is involved with many different groups and committees within the community and his church. Tad can be reached at
Phone: 260-804-2076