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BIO: Jim Westfall, 69, is serving his first term on the City Council and resides at 618 Meyer Street. He is the father of two adult children – Angela L. and James H.
Jim is a 1964 graduate of L.H.S. He also attended Central Catholic, Devry Technical Institute and Vincennes University. Westfall served in the U.S. Army 1966 & 1967 and is a Vietnam Vet. He retired from E. Bierhaus & Sons as a retail supervisor and Wabash Foodservice in equipment sales. His total service for those two companies spanned 42 years.
Jim served on the Catholic School Board, is past President of Traveler’s Protective Association, and is a member of Vincennes Elk’s, where he served as Past Exalted Ruler and is currently Trustee Chairman and President of the Past Exhalted Ruler’s Association. He is also a life member of Vincennes V.F.W. and the American Legion, and a member of Lawrenceville Moose, Vincennes F.O.P. and St. John’s Catholic Church. Jim has served as Finance Chairman of the Knox County Relay for Life for several years.
Alt. Phone: 812-886-4094
BIO: My involvement in the community as a public official goes back to my childhood. I had the opportunity to be around public officials and learned a great deal from many of them. My undergraduate degree is in political science. I served an internship in Washington D.C., and quickly learned I didn’t like living in a big city. I came back to Vincennes and have been involved as a public official for several years. I am currently the Director of the Wabash Valley Regional Community Corrections after serving 25 wonderful years at Vincennes University, which is where I graduated from prior to attending Ball State University. I enjoy seeing Vincennes grow, and believe that I have contributed, along with many others, in the development of Vincennes. I represent Vincennes City Council District 3, which is a working class area in the middle of Vincennes. Listening to people is the most important part of the Council job, and their input weighs the heaviest when making decisions that have an impact on Vincennes.
BIO: I was elected to serve the citizens of Vincennes as a member of the City Council after more than twelve years of employment in City Hall. My wife, Vickie and I are the parents of two children – Kelly and Jordan.
I graduated from North Knox High School in 1967 and continued my education from 1967 to 1969 by majoring in journalism at Vincennes University. After proudly serving in the United States Air Force as a Morse Code Operator from 1969 to 1973, and receiving a Top Secret Security Clearance, I completed my education at V.U. by earning an A.S. Degree in broadcasting. This enabled me to be employed in the field of broadcast sales, along with radio and T.V. broadcasting of local news and sporting events for over 20 years.
I have been involved with community organizations and boards by coaching for the Vincennes Cub League Baseball organization; coaching Vincennes YMCA basketball teams; instructing Junior Achievement classes; serving as a Church board member; being a member of the American Red Cross Board of Directors and volunteered to serve as the Master of Ceremonies for the Knox County 4-H Fair Queen pageant for 25 consecutive years. I currently serve as the Executive Director of the Vincennes Urban Enterprise Association Zone; as a member of the Knox County United Way Board of Directors and an Associate Member of the Fraternal Order of Police
I attend the Community United Methodist Church. My hobbies include broadcasting, writing and art.
BIO: I have always had a interest in politics. I always found it educational, engaging and entertaining. I followed this interest throughout my years in high school and college and ended up getting a degree that allowed me to teach government. The years of teaching governmental theory, processes, policies, rights and responsibilities eventually got me thinking about what else I could do for my community. An opportunity to run for a city council seat in my district opened up and I saw an opportunity to get more involved and give back to the community I love. During my time on council I’ve learned that teaching government is far different than being in government. While the classroom is different than the council and the council is different than the classroom, this experience has allowed me to grow as an educator and a city servant. I look forward to continuing the growth and development of the city we all love.
DISTRICT: AT LARGE
BIO: Currently in my 5th term serving on the City of Vincennes City Council
- Currently President Pro Tempore of the City Council
- Currently serve on the City Council Tourism Committee
- Currently serve on the City Budget and Finance Committee
- Director for the Vincennes Historic Farmers Market
- Treasurer for the Vincennes Urban Enterprise Association and member of Sub Committee for Loft Program
- EO for the Vincennes Area Builders Association
- President of the Grouseland Foundation Board
- Board Member of the Red Skelton Museum Foundation
- Board Member of the Advisory Council for Generations
- Member of the Beta Sigma Phi XI Delta Chapter
- Involved for 20 years with the Knox County Relay for Life & ACS
- Member of the American Legion Auxiliary
- Member of the DAR
- Retired from German American Bank (First American Bank)
- 1999 Civitan Club Citizen of the Year
- 1999 Spirit of the 76 Award
- 2005 Vincennes University Walter A. Davis Memorial Citation Award
- Finalist for 2005 Torchbearer Award by the Indiana Commission for Women
- 2006 DAR Community Service Award
DISTRICT: AT LARGE
Chattin is a graduate of Lincoln High School, Vincennes University, and Indiana University, where he earned a bachelor`s degree in journalism and political science, and he is a 2003 graduate of Leadership Knox County. Employed by VU since 1983, he currently serves as VU’s Director of Public Information.
Chattin is a member of the Transportation Policy Committee for the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns. He is also a member of the VU Law Enforcement Advisory Board and trustee of the Midwest Area Civitan Foundation Board. Locally, Chattin chairs the Knox County Emergency Food and Shelter Committee and is a member of the Knox County Area Plan Commission. He is also a member of the Vincennes Civitan Club’s Board of Directors, Knox County Bicentennial Committee, Knights of Columbus, and Sacred Heart Catholic Church, where he is a lector and teaches an adult class.
Chattin was a member of the Indiana Association of United Ways Board from 2007 to 2016 and chaired its Grants Committee and 2011 State Leadership Conference. A past governor of the North Central District and the Midwest District for Civitan International, Chattin is past president of the Riley Elementary School PTO, Knox County United Way, Knox County Humane Society, VU Alumni Association, Vincennes Civitan Club, and Knox County Board of Realtors. He is the recipient of the Knox County United Way’s 2014 Volunteer of the Year Award and VU’s 2011 Big Apple Award and 2002 President’s Award. He is also the recipient of Civitan’s 1995 Citizen of the Year Award, Knox County Humane Society`s 1995 and 1996 Community Award of Merit, and the Indiana Jaycee`s 1991 Outstanding Young Hoosier Award.
Council Officers and appointees:
Scott Brown — President Pro Tempore
Brian Grove — Vice President
Shirley S. Rose/Tim Salters — Co-Council representatives to Knox County Development Corporation (KCDC)
Scott Brown — Council representative to KCDC Inter-Local Agreement Board
Duane Chattin — Council representative to Knox County Area Plan Commission
Shirley Rose — Council representative to Knox County Solid Waste Board
Neighborhoods and Transportation – streets, sidewalks, & public transportation
Chair Dan Ravellette
Jim Westfall, Tim Salters
Recreation, Tourism & Public Areas – parks, trails, historic sites, arts, & visitor experience
Chair Duane Chattin
Shirley Rose, Jim Westfall
Intergovernmental Relations – county, state, & non-profit partnerships
Chair Tim Salters
Scott Brown, Dan Ravellette
Budget & Revenue – budgeting & financial planning
Chair Scott Brown
Tim Salters, Shirley Rose
Public Safety – police, fire, animal control, & code enforcement
Chair Jim Westfall
Duane Chattin, Brian Grove
Community Development & Growth – economic vitality & balanced growth
Chair Brian Grove
Dan Ravellette, Duane Chattin