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Citizens elected or appointed to the Town Council, Clerk, Treasurer and Clerk-Treasurer

The Town of Griffith, Indiana was incorporated in October, 1904. Over the years, a variety of citizens have been elected or appointed to the Town Council, Clerk, Treasurer and Clerk-Treasurer positions. Below is a listing of names, election years and party affiliation.

In the early years, Griffith had a separate Clerk and Treasurer, but that was combined into a single Clerk-Treasurer position. Also in the first half of the 20th century, Griffith had three Town Board members. That was expanded to four, and then five, Town Council positions. The year shown represents the first year in office. Elections are held in the prior year, generally in November.

If something is incorrect, or, if we've misspelled a name or missed someone, please e-mail the Clerk-Treasurer and we'll make a correction.

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Town Board, Town Council, Treasurer, Clerk and Clerk-Treasurer

1904

First election after Griffith was incorporated in October, 1904:

Moses L. Toohill
William Peter Govert
Mathias Grimmer
Matt J. Beiriger, Clerk-Treasurer

1906

Lou Southworth
Mathias Grimmer
Nicholas Austgen
Blaine Hutchins, Clerk-Treasurer

1910

Alex Jamieson
Lou Southworth
Nicholas Austgen
Matt Beiriger, Clerk-Treasurer

1912

Alex Jamieson
Nicholas Austgen
Henry Govert
P. C. Taggert, Treasurer
Matt Beiriger, Clerk

1914

Henry Govert
Joe Grimmer
Matt Beiriger
Louis Weyhe
P. C. Taggert, Clerk
Nick Austgen, Treasurer

1916

Matt Beiriger
Joe Grimmer
Louis Weyhe
F. E. Bennett
Henry Govert (appointed when Bennett moved)
P. C. Taggert, Clerk
Nick Austgen, Treasurer

1920

Joe Grimmer
Matt Beiriger
Louis Weyhe
Henry Govert
P. C. Taggert, Clerk
Nick Austgen, Treasurer

1922

Louis Weyhe
Henry Govert
W. P. Christenson
J. O. Russell
P. C. Taggert, Clerk
William Penning, Treasurer

1924

Louis Weyhe
W. P. Christenson
J. O. Russell
H. E. Bothwell
Adolph Penning, Treasurer
P. C. Taggert, Clerk

1926

Louis Weyhe
H. E. Bothwell
Joe Grimmer
Earl G. Butler
Edward Miller, Treasurer
P. C. Taggert, Clerk

1928

Louis Weyhe
Earl G. Butler
Joe Grimmer
W. P. Christenson
Edward Miller, Treasurer
P. C. Taggert, Clerk

1930, 1932

Louis Weyhe
W. P. Christenson
Earl Butler
Joe Grimmer
Edward Miller, Clerk
Adolph Penning, Treasurer

1934

W. P. Christenson
Joe Grimmer
Earl Butler
Louis Weyhe
Ed Miller, Clerk-Treasurer

1936

W. P. Christenson
Louis Weyhe
Earl Butler
Joe Grimmer
Adolph Penning, Clerk-Treasurer

1940

Victor Ruttledge
Matt Visconti
Peter Lolkema
James Phillips
Harry Govert
Adolph Penning, Clerk-Treasurer

1944

George W. Berry
C. P. O'Keefe
Myles E. Vasser
Ed Hillman
John Forney
Adolph Penning, Clerk-Treasurer
George DeGraff (appointed when Forney moved)
Edmund Palmer (appointed to Vasser's unexpired term)

1946

George DeGraaf
Edmund P. Palmer
George Berry
Edward Hillman
Cornelius O'Keefe
Adolph Penning, Clerk-Treasurer

1948

C. P. O'Keefe
Howard M. Johnson
George DeGraaf
Ken Spohn
George W. Berry
Adolph Penning, Clerk-Treasurer

1952

Ray Durbin
Jess Warner
Orville Meyers
Kenneth B. Spohn
Cornelieus O'Keefe
Adolph Penning, Clerk-Treasurer

1956

First election where citizens ran as Democrats and Republicans.

Democrat:
Russell Graves
Haskel Doan
Wendell Mattingly
Ralph Cox
Leo Welch, Clerk-Treasurer

Republican:
Charles Collier

1960

All Democrat:
Wendell Mattingly
Art Smith
Russell Graves
William Muha
Haskel Doan
Leo Welch, Clerk-Treasurer

1964

All Republican:
Robert Armstrong
Loyal Young
Dale Newhard
Edward DeReamer
Glenn Ruttledge
Peggy Joyce, Clerk-Treasurer
John Deets (replaced Armstrong when he moved)

1968

All Democrat:
Eugene Rowe
Budd Farris
Art Jones
Don Genis
Adrian Bowman
Florence Kaegebein, Clerk-Treasurer
Richard Galambos (appointed when Art Jones moved)

1972

All Democrat:
Merle Colby
Carl Konopasek
Budd Farris
Richard Galambos
Don Genis
Florence Kaegebein, Clerk-Treasurer

1976

All Democrat:
Carl Konopasek
Merle Colby
Budd Farris
Richard Galambos
Stanley Dobosz
Florence Kaegebein, Clerk-Treasurer
John McFadden (appointed when Galambos resigned to become Lake County Councilman)

1980

All Democrat:
Eugene Rowe
Carl Konopasek
Larry Owen
Patricia Schaadt
John Cioroianu
Don Genis, Clerk-Treasurer

Pat Schaadt was the first woman elected to the Town Board.

1984

All Democrat:
Eugene Rowe
Pat Schaadt
Stanley Dobosz
Martha Hanrath
Carl Konopasek
Florence Kaegebein, Clerk-Treasurer

1988

All Democrat:
Stanley Dobosz
Merle Colby
Larry Owen
Pat Schaadt
Ronald Szafarczyk
Ruth Hopp, Clerk-Treasurer

1992

All Democrat:
Merle Colby
Ronald Szafarczyk
Larry Owen
Michael Gulley
Stanley Dobosz
Ruth Hopp, Clerk-Treasurer

1996

All Democrat:
Wayne Govert
Richard Konopasek
David Blount
Pat Schaadt
Stanley Dobosz
Ronald Szafarczyk, Clerk-Treasurer

2000

All Democrat:
Wayne Govert
Richard Konopasek
David Blount
Michael Gulley
Stanley Dobosz
Ronald Szafarczyk, Clerk-Treasurer

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Above standing from L-to-R are: Ron Szafarczyk, Mike Gulley and Rick Konopasek. Seated from L-to-R are: Stan Dobosz, Wayne Govert and David Blount.

2004

Democrat:
Linda "Greta" Carroll
Richard Konopasek
Michael Gulley
Stanley Dobosz
Wally Hartman (appointed to replace Rick Konopasek, who became Public Works Director)
Ronald Szafarczyk, Clerk-Treasurer

Republican:
Matthew T. Najar
Richard A. Ryfa (appointed when Matt Najar moved out of state)

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Above standing from L-to-R are: Matt Najar, Linda "Greta" Carroll and Stan Dobosz. Seated from L-to-R are: Mike Gulley, Ron Szafarczyk and Rick Konopasek.
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May, 2005 photo of the Griffith Town Council members and Clerk-Treasurer. Back row from L-to-R are: Ron Szafarczyk, Rick Konopasek and Rick Ryfa. Front row from L-to-R are: Stan Dobosz, Linda "Greta" Carroll and Mike Gulley. Rick Ryfa replaced Town Council member Matt Najar who moved out of state.
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May 6, 2006 photo of Wally Hartman. Wally took the oath of office on April 17, 2006, replacing Town Council member Rick Konopasek who became Public Works Director.

2008

Republican:
Glen (Bud) Gaby
George Jerome
Richard A. Ryfa

Democrat:
Michael Gulley
Stanley Dobosz
Ronald Szafarczyk, Clerk-Treasurer


2012

Republican:
Glen (Bud) Gaby
George Jerome
Richard A. Ryfa
Patricia Schaadt
Bill Broderick, Clerk-Treasurer

Democrat:
Stanley Dobosz

In early 2012, Bill Broderick passed away and the following changes occurred:
George Jerome, Clerk-Treasurer
Lawrence Ballah (replaced George Jerome on Council)

2016

Republican:
James Marker
Rick Ryfa
Patricia Schaadt
Larry Ballah
Tony Hobson
George Jerome (Clerk-Treasurer)