Eckerle seeks to retain at-large council seat

From Local Sources


JASPER — Nancy Eckerle, executive director of the Jasper Chamber of Commerce, has announced her intention to seek the Republican nomination for an at-large seat on the Jasper Common Council in 2019.

She currently holds the at-large position and previously served on the council, representing District 5, from 1996 to 1999.

“I have worked very hard in any job that I have undertaken,” said Eckerle, 61. “The Chamber of Commerce and City Council positions have given me the opportunity to serve my community in many ways. When I see a need, I am able to develop goals and objectives, seek collaborators and see the task to its realization. Jasper is moving forward in a progressive way. We are a true business center and a hub of activity. I want to continue to be an active part of this growth and development and I know that I can help accomplish goals in a positive way.”

Eckerle is the president of the Jasper Strassenfest Inc. Board of Directors, is a board member of Redevelop Old Jasper Action Coalition and also serves on the city’s Board of Public Works. She is also on the board of the Dubois County Substance Abuse Council, a group she co-founded.

Eckerle organizes the Summer Riverwalk Concert Series, Jasper’s O’Tannenbaum Days and the Patoka 2000 Beautification Project. She also was instrumental in organizing the Women Empowering Women leadership program for Dubois County.

Eckerle is a member of the city’s Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee, Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center Mission Committee, Jasper Strassenfest Committee, Greater Downtown Jasper Business Association, Freedom Reins Therapeutic Riding School Board, Indiana Chamber of Commerce Executives Association and the Cathedral Health Care Center Advisory Board.

She is a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.

She is a 1976 graduate of Jasper High School and earned degrees in social work from Vincennes University and Indiana State University. She has been with the Jasper Chamber since 1987.

Eckerle received a Young Hoosier Award from the Indiana Jaycees in 1993. In 2012, she was a nominee for the Athena Leadership Award and in 2015, she was named the recipient of the award by the Rotary Club of Jasper.

The Indiana Chamber of Commerce Executive Association made her a Certified Professional in 2013. She was chosen in 2018 to be an Alumni of Distinction at Jasper High School.

Eckerle prides herself in being very organized and disciplined. She is committed to stable values, such as honesty and loyalty.

Continuing to serve on the council, she would bring a high level of organization, order and stability to projects. She is a quick learner and feels confident in her ability to listen to constituents, while seeking new ideas, opinions and options.

While the city has many projects underway — both internally and with private developers — Eckerle feels each department should develop both five-year and 10-year plans, focusing on the assets, properties, buildings, vehicles and their people. Basically, outlining what we need to be planning for and budgeting for between now and 2024 and projecting toward 2029. She believes we have to be aware of, and take care of, our current assets that we have invested in, while envisioning what our city will look like in the future.

Currently, Eckerle is working on implementing a citywide communication app that would be used for emergency notifications, communications needs and other ways that this cutting-edge technology could be used to alert residents of important information.

Eckerle and her husband, Gil, have three adult children and three grandchildren.

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