The Herald Bulletin

December 23, 2013

Richwine honored by Indiana commissioners

Owens elected district president

By Ken de la Bastide
The Herald Bulletin

ANDERSON, Ind. — Two members of the Madison County Board of Commissioners were recently honored during the annual meeting of the Indiana Association of County Commissioners.

John Richwine was selected by the organization to receive the “2013 Most Enterprising Commissioner” award.

“I was surprised,” Richwine said of the honor. “As they were reading the information about the award winner, I realized it was me. What makes this award special is it was voted on by my peers.”

The nomination for Richwine said he had the ability to think “out of the box” to turn any challenge into a success all the while encouraging those around him to do the same.

“He has a high level of integrity and honesty and it comes out in all his decisions and efforts,” the award said. “He truly embodies the qualities of a great public service (servant).”

Richwine said the award was not for any particular project in Madison County during the year.

He was first elected to represent the Northern District of Madison County in 2004 and was elected to a third term in 2012. Richwine also served as the District 1 representative on the Madison County Council from 1994 through 2002.

Commissioner Steffanie Owens was elected president of the association’s East Central District.

As the district president, Owens will represent the elected county commissioners in the 15 counties in the district including Madison, Delaware, Hamilton, Henry, Marion and Tipton.

“Steffanie will be a great spokesperson for their district and is dedicated to improving local government,” Wayne County Commissioner Ken Paust said.

Owens will serve on the six-member Indiana Association of County Commissioners board of directors, which determines policies and legislative goals for the association.

Owens was elected to represent the Southern District of Madison County in 2010.

Contact Ken de la Bastide at ken.delabastide@heraldbulletin.com, or call 640-4863.