Executive Board / Full Commission

The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission is governed by a 53-member Commission composed of elected officials from all its municipalities and counties (22 from Lake County, 16 from Porter County, and 14 from La Porte County) as well as a Governor’s appointee. NIRPC has an Executive Board consisting of 11 of those members. The membership and governance of NIRPC is organized under Indiana Code 36-7-7.6.

NIRPC Executive Board
Justin Kiel
Chairperson

Town of LaCrosse Councilman

Richard Hardaway
Vice Chair

Town of Merrillville Councilman

Thomas Dermody
Treasurer

City of LaPorte Mayor

Bill Emerson

Lake County Surveyor

Sue Lynch

City of Portage Mayor

Sheila Matias

La Porte County Commissioner

Lori Mercer

Town of Westville Clerk Treasurer

Wendy Mis

Clerk Treasurer Town of Munster

James G. Ton
Town of Chesterton Councilman
Jim Pressel
Governor of Indiana Appointee State Representative
Ty Warner
NIRPC Executive Director
 
Lake County Commissioners
Robert Carnahan
Town of Cedar Lake

Councilman

Town of Cedar Lake
Andrew Kyres
City of Crown Point

Councilman

City of Crown Point
Mary Tanis
Town of Dyer

Councilwoman

Town of Dyer
Anthony Copeland
City of East Chicago

Mayor

City of East Chicago
Jerome Prince
City of Gary

Mayor

City of Gary
Rick Ryfa
Town of Griffith

Councilman

Town of Griffith
Thomas M. McDermott, Jr.
City of Hammond

Mayor

City of Hammond
Thomas Black
Town of Highland

Councilman

Town of Highland
Brian Snedecor
City of Hobart

Mayor

City of Hobart
Kyle W. Allen, Sr.
Lake County Commission

Commissioner

Lake County Commission
Charlie Brown
Lake County Council

Councilman

Lake County Council
Bill Emerson, Jr.
Lake County Surveyor

Surveyor

Lake County Surveyor
Bill Carroll
City of Lake Station

Mayor

City of Lake Station
John Yelkich
Town of Lowell

Councilman

Town of Lowell
Richard Hardaway
Town of Merrillville

Councilman

Town of Merrillville
Wendy Mis
Town of Munster

Clerk-Treasurer

Town of Munster
Sharon Szwedo
Town of New Chicago

Councilwoman

Town of New Chicago
Gerald Swets
Town of St. John

Councilman

Town of St. John
Tom Schmitt
Town of Schererville

Councilman

Town of Schererville
Jack Jeralds II
Town of Schneider

Councilman

Steve Spebar
City of Whiting

Mayor

City of Whiting
Jon Derwinski
Town of Winfield

Councilman

Town of Winfield
 
La Porte County Commissioners
Untitled
Town of Kingsbury

Vacant

Duane Arndt
Town of Kingsford Heights

Clerk Treasurer

Justin Kiel
Town of LaCrosse

Councilman

Thomas Dermody
City of La Porte

Mayor

City of LaPorte
Sheila Matias
La Porte County Commission

Commissioner

LaPorte County Board of Commissioners
Mike Mollenhauer
La Porte County Council

Councilman

LaPorte County Council
Anthony Hendricks
La Porte County Surveyor

Surveyor

LaPorte County Surveyor
Robert Lemay
Town of Long Beach

Councilman

Town of Long Beach
Daina Dumbrys
Town of Michiana Shores

Councilwoman

Duane Parry
City of Michigan City

Mayor

City of Michigan City
Janet Beck
Town of Pottawattomie Park

Councilwoman

Joshleen Denham
Town of Trail Creek

Clerk-Treasurer

Town of Trail Creek
Denise Ebert
Town of Wanatah

Clerk-Treasurer

Town of Wanatah
Lori Mercer
Town of Westville

Clerk-Treasurer

Town of Westville
 
Porter County Commissioners
Geof Benson
Town of Beverly Shores

Councilman

Town of Beverly Shores
Angie Scott
Town of Burns Harbor

Town Council President

Town of Burns Harbor
James G. Ton
Town of Chesterton

Councilman

Town of Chesterton
Jeannette Bapst
Town of Dunes Acres

Clerk-Treasurer

Town of Dune Acres
David Peeler
Town of Hebron

Councilman

Town of Hebron
Robert Forster
Town of Kouts

Town Council President

Town of Kouts
Scott Kingan
Town of Ogden Dunes

Councilman

Town of Ogden Dunes
Untitled
Town of Pines

Vacant

Town of Pines
Sue Lynch
City of Portage

Mayor

City of Portage
Don Craft
Town of Porter

Councilman

Town of Porter
Jim Biggs
Porter County Commission

Commissioner

Porter County Commission
Mike Jessen
Porter County Council

Councilman

Porter County Council
Kevin Breitzke
Porter County Surveyor

Surveyor

Porter County Surveyor
Edward Morales
Porter Township

Trustee

George Topoll
Union Township

Trustee

Matt Murphy
City of Valparaiso

Mayor

City of Valparaiso
 
Governor's Appointee
Jim Pressel
Indiana State Representative
NIRPC Attorney
David Hollenbeck
Attorney
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