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. or on Facebook at Mayor Ryan L. Daniel.
Office: 260-248-5111
Fax: 260-248-5105
Office hours 7:30AM-4:00 PM*

*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 11th 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 2023 marked 58 years at the city.
Office: 260-248-5100
Fax: 260-248-5105

Jennifer Middleton

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.
Phone: 260-609-8022

Dan Weigold

I am honored to have the opportunity to serve for my fifth term as your Columbia City Council at Large representative and be selected to serve on Columbia City’s Board of Works. I will continue to bring a high level of trust and responsibility to this position. My ability to listen and openly communicate the issues has been a very rewarding experience. I have resided in Columbia City for 34 years. My current employer is Whitley County Government. There I serve as GIS Coordinator. I serve on the Columbia City Plan Commission and the City’s ordinance review committee. I am currently beginning my tenth year as Columbia City Varsity Softball coach and have been coaching high school athletics for 36 years, 28 years here in Columbia City. I earned the rank of Eagle Scout as a member of the Boy Scouts of America. I am member of the New Hope Wesleyan Church. I’m a member of the Gideons serving with the jail ministries. I enjoy all types of sporting events. Most importantly, spending time with my wife Laura for the past 33 years and counting, son Kyle and daughter in law Kirstie, two grandsons Lincoln and Benjamin. My daughter Anna and son in law Dennis Ratliff. Columbia City is a great place to raise a family. I am very excited and proud to be part of the Columbia City Government that works hard to make our city a prosperous and safe place to live.
Phone: 260-610-8070

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

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. This is the second term that Tad has served on the Columbia City Common Council. Tad can be reached at
Phone: 260-804-2076

Leslee Robinson

Leslee is a lifetime resident of Columbia City and a graduate of Columbia City High School.  She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with Human Resource Concentration.  Leslee and her husband, Josh, are the proud parents to 5 children and are blessed to be raising them in Columbia City.

For 26 years Leslee has been involved in selling and servicing health insurance clients, selling both individual and groups products.  Outside of work she enjoys camping and spending time watching her kids play sports.  Leslee is a volunteer for Junior Achievement, United Way, is an active Whitley County Chamber Ambassador, and her family volunteers with Toys For Tots.

Leslee’s favorite part of Columbia City is the family environment.  “I love getting to know people and their stories.  A simple smile can mean you have a new friend.  I know when a family is in need we will come together as a community to provide support.  This is not something you always find living anywhere else”.

Leslee is honored to serve as Northeast District Councilwoman and a board member of the Joint Advisory Board, committee member for the Wellness Committee and Ordinance Review and the Regional Sewer Board. She is looking forward to getting to know her constituents and continuing to make Columbia City the place where families want to live and grow.

(260) 229-7413

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.

Phone 260-248-5100