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

There is no office in government closer to the people than the Mayor of a City. I thankful for the opportunity to continue serving the citizens of Columbia City since 2012. Prior to my first election, I served as a Program Manager and Community Liaison in the Indiana 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. It is an honor to serve as Mayor of my hometown. I enjoy working with great businesses, organizations, and people to improve our community for current and future generations. 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. or on Facebook at Mayor Ryan L. Daniel.
Office: 1-260-248-5111
Fax: 1-260-248-5105
Office hours 7:30AM-4:00PM*

*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 10th term in office. I have been honored serving our 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 Indiana Clerk’s League for Third Class Cities, have served on the Columbia City/Whitley County Joint Planning Board and 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 2020 I will reach 55 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 and two great-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 Romano is a lifelong resident of Whitley County. She grew up in rural 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 for more than a decade, she is the executive director of the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center. With more than 25 years of professional experience, she has a strong background in marketing, journalism, public relations, graphic design, photography, non-profit leadership and social media.

A devoted long-time community volunteer, Jennifer has a deep love for this community, striving in many ways to improve the community for future generations.

Serving as the Southwest District representative on the Columbia City Common Council since August 2015, Jennifer chairs the ordinance committee and served on other 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 while 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 warm, vibrant community. In her spare time, she enjoys outdoor activities, music, history, photography, painting and spending time with her family and friends.
Phone: 260-610-1873

Walt Crowder
Council President

Columbia City Northeast District resident Walter Crowder is the Northeast District Councilman, which includes Districts 4, 6 and 8. I’m currently President of City Council, seats on Columbia City Board of Works.
“I’m the current President of Columbia City Common Council, my major responsible is stepping in when the Mayor becomes unavailable. I’ve been Council President for the past 13 years,”
“Today, I’m serving on several boards for the City of Columbia City and on combined boards between Whitley County Gov. / Columbia City.” “The reason I ran for my 5th term, I wanted to represent our citizens at City Council meetings and at Board of Works meeting. I’m a good listener, who wants to hear ideas and concerns.
First elected to the position in 2000, Walt Crowder and his wife, Joy, have been married 44 years. Family members include his daughter, Jodi Dorais, and her husband, Eric Dorais. A son, Ryan Crowder. There are also three grandchildren, Coulter Grant Mills, Luke Mills Grant and Taylor Crowder.
I believe Columbia City is an excellent place for new residents to call home and for businesses to grow and prosper. “Columbia City is always looking for investors to help build our continuous growth of our city. Today, We have more choices in housing, shopping and rental properties. “Columbia City is one of the fastest growing cities in Indiana. The growth areas are expanding in all directions of the City.
This means we need to be ready and we are ready. We are improving our Utilities Infrastructure, Electrical Power Sub stations, Water Dept, Sewage Dept and separation of Sewage and Storm Water.
We are becoming a technology driven City, our utilities department are converting to wireless data collections process for billing. Safety continues to be #1 priority, “I support and promote Columbia City as a safe place to live. Our “Emergency Services” Police, Fire and EMS have increased to more calls than ever over the past few years.
We have invested capital funding to build and moved into a new Communications Dispatch Center. The Dispatch Center is designed for our needs today and ready for our future.
I count himself among the team players in the community working to make it a great place — a team effort that is necessary for success in an ever-changing environment.
“The team players include Columbia City’s elected officials, Whitley County elected officials, the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce and the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation. They are promoting our City and County strengths and putting them together to draw new businesses.”
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