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.
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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!
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.
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 email@example.com.