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 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.
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Jenny was born and raised in Fort Wayne, but has always had strong ties to Columbia City, with both of her parents graduating from Columbia City High School. After serving three years in the U.S. Army as a military police officer, Jenny relocated back to Columbia City to be closer to her family.
Jenny began her civilian career at Centennial wireless where she excelled as a Sales Executive and eventually worked her way up to Director of Sales. While working for Centennial Wireless, she also went to college completing her Associates Degree in Business Management at Ivy Tech. Jenny went through an acquisition by at&t and enjoyed a short stint with them as District Manager, before embarking on her journey as an entrepreneur. Over the years, Jenny has co-owned seven at&t dealer stores, yo2go, Real Estate Holding Company, and several Cravin Vapes locations. Currently, Jenny is sole owner of Sun Kiss Tanning. She spends a majority of her time behind the scenes, ensuring that the store continues to run smoothly and adapts as needed, to shifting trends in the industry.
In Jenny’s down time she loves to travel, cook and coach youth soccer. Jenny looks forward to stepping into her knew role as City Council Woman, listening to the community and addressing their concerns and needs. Jenny is focused on the community and committed to helping Columbia City grow.
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.
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. This is the second term that Tad has served on the Columbia City Common Council. Tad can be reached at