The Board of Public Works (also known as the Board of Works and Safety) is responsible for the administrative management of the City of Columbia City. The Board is made up of the Mayor and two of the Mayor’s appointees. The Board has many roles and responsibilities including entering into contracts, accepting new public infrastructure, spending money, and managing most city departments. The Board meets on the Second and Fourth Tuesdays of each month at 5:00pm in the Council Chambers on the 2nd floor of City Hall.

Mayor Ryan Daniel 

There is no office in government closer to the people than the Mayor of a City. I am 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: 260-248-5111
Fax: 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.

Rosie Coyle
Clerk Treasurer

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 August 2022 marked 57 years at the City. (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 decided not to run for Columbia City Common Council in 2019 so I am now serving as a member of the Board of Works. I am honored to be appointed to this position by Mayor Daniel.

I continue to work for Dr. James McConnell, as I have since 1988. My husband Geoff has retired from Whitley County Consolidated Schools so we are no longer spending all our time at CCHS activities. Now we spend our free time going to DeKalb High School and Middle School events to see three of our grandsons play and spending time with our younger grandkids in Carmel. We still attend CCHS games when we can.

Our son and his family live in Auburn. Brandon and his wife, Michelle, have six sons. Corm and his wife, Logan, have a daughter, Chandler, with another one expected in the spring. They also have their nephew, Noah, living with them. Cal and his wife, Lara, were married recently and live in Berne with their dog, Goose. Gerr is a senior in college at Indiana Wesleyan. Connor is a sophomore and Quentin is a freshman at Dekalb High School. Zeke is a 6th grader at DeKalb Middle School. Brandon is the superintendent at Whitko Community Schools and Michelle is the superintendent at South Adams Schools.

Our daughter, Elizabeth, lives in Carmel with her husband Scott and their three children. Elizabeth teaches 6th grade math at Clay Middle School. Scott is a partner in his accounting firm, MCM CPAs. Adriana is in 2nd grade, Eric is in kindergarten and Marissa is in preschool.
Phone: 260-609-1132

Marcia McNagny
City Attorney

Marcia A. McNagny is a lifelong resident of Whitley County, Indiana. After attending Columbia City Joint High School, she received her bachelor’s degree from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. She then obtained her JD from Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington, Indiana and returned to Whitley County to open a private practice in Columbia City and to work with her mother, Patricia A. McNagny (JD Indiana University – Bloomington, 1951).

In 1997, McNagny joined Jonathan Myers, Greggory Hockemeyer and Soultana Myers to form what is now Myers Hockemeyer & McNagny LLP. McNagny has served as the City Attorney or Deputy City Attorney for the City of Columbia City since 1998. She often assists non-profit organizations in their establishment and continued operations and has served on numerous boards of organizations. McNagny’s primary areas of focus are estate and succession planning, trust and estate administration, small business, real estate and municipal law.

McNagny is a member of the Whitley County Bar Association, Huntington County Bar Association, Indiana Municipal Lawyers Association, Indiana State Bar Association, American Agricultural Law Association, NAELA, and is a Master Fellow of the Indiana Bar Foundation.

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