The Shipshewana Town Council
The Shipshewana Town Council is a five-member council. The council members
serve four year terms, which are staggered. Town Council members
may serve multiple terms; there are no term limits.
Shipshewana Town Council: (left to right) - Roger Yoder (president), Jerry Ankey (vice president), Lynn Bontrager, Nathan Jones, and Jerry Rice
Roger Yoder is current Town Council President, which he has served since 1990, and has been a member of the council since 1986. Presently he is liaison to the Police and Fire Departments. He has been a life-long resident of Shipshewana and recently sold Yoder Insurance Agency which he had owned for the previous twenty-five years. He is an active volunteer at Hostetler Hudson Car Museum in Shipshewana.
Jerry Ankney serves as Town Council Vice President. With a proven track record in the management of company's financial, procurement and operational departments, so as to improve sales, operational efficiency, costs savings, profitability and growth for the overall stability of the companies, along with building a team environment company-wide, resulting in significant growth in sales, operation efficiency, profitability and employee moral.
Lynn Bontrager is new to the Town Council in 2011. She is a liaison to the Park Board and the Development and Review Board. She and her husband Mike have been married for 32 years and have resided in Shipshewana all of that time but moved inside the city limits 6 years ago. She is the owner of Morton Street Coffee on the corner of Morton and Main Streets in Shipshewana.
Nate Jones was appointed to the Town Council in January of 2011. Nate grew up in LaGrange County and is a graduate of Indiana University-Bloomington with a bachelor's degree in Accounting and Finance. He is a member of the redevelopment commission and the Town Center Advisory board. Nate and his wife Alisha were recently married in late 2010. Nate is part owner of Yoder's Shipshewana Hardware.
Jerry Rice is in his eleventh year of service as a member of the Town Council. Jerry operates an Amish taxi service. Jerry and his Wife Marilyn have lived in Shipshewana since 1973.