The Town Council is the legislative branch of Topeka’s town government. The council carries out a variety of functions, such as adopting the town’s budget, ordinances, permit recommendations, approving contracts and agreements and establishing the strategic plan and policies that guide the town government. Council members represent their constituents’ interests before the town government.
The Town of Topeka is governed by a five-member council that meets the second and fourth Monday of each month beginning at 4:00 pm, and is located in the Topeka Town Hall, 124 E. Lake St., Topeka, IN.
The town attorney is Bill D. Eberhard Jr., www.eberhardweimer.com
Council Member - President
Ron and his family lived in Topeka for the first 11 years of his life. After that, his family relocated to Albion and then returned to Topeka in 1979 where he purchased his first home and has lived at that same location for last 40 years. Ron has worked in and out of Topeka most of his working years and has enjoyed his time in the small-town atmosphere.
Ron Troyer first served on the Town Council from 1996 thru 1999. He then served on the Topeka/Wolcottville BZA for 6 years.
Currently he is on the Town Council and has been since 2012. Ron has also been on the Redevelopment Commission since 2011.
Ron has lived in Topeka his whole life. He married his High School sweetheart and they have 2 children, one attends Westview High School and the other is at Goshen College.
For the last 2 years, Ron has been working at Herbrucks Poutry Ranch in Topeka serving as the manager of the Depot. Prior to Herbrucks, Ron was Topeka Town Manager and the Street Superintendent. He has worked for the Town of Topeka for over 15 years. Ron was also on the Topeka Volunteer Fire Department for 20 years.
At the August Town Convention, Ron was elected to fill a vacancy on the Town Council. He will be up for election in 2020.
Adam has been a part of Topeka since he was born. He has given back to the community as a Topeka Volunteer Firefighter for the last 19 years. He has served as the Assistant Fire Chief for the last 5 years. Adam joined the Redevelopment Commission about 5 years ago and the Park Board 4 years ago, resigning from the Park Board in 2019. He works as a local farmer and as a tow truck driver for Mike’s Auto. In 2020 he was elected to the Town Council.
Justin has been a resident of Topeka since purchasing his first home in 2008. He and his wife, Erin, are graduates of Westview High School and parents to four children.
Justin’s passion for leadership and administration is guided by Biblical principles. This drive has manifested in service to Eden Worship Center as being a youth group sponsor since 2008 and becoming the youth pastor in 2015. Justin has also been serving the church as an elder since 2017.
Justin has also served as a director on two boards. He was elected and served for 2 years on LaGwana’s Board of Directors and was appointed as it’s Secretary both of those years. Justin was asked to serve on the board of a nonprofit organization called New Leaves and did so as its appointed Treasurer for nearly two years.
Justin was elected mid-term to fill a vacant seat on Topeka’s Town Council in 2019 and was later appointed to fill a vacant seat on the Redevelopment Commission.