Osterman files for District 3 council seatFebruary 1, 2019
From Local Sources
JASPER — Merrill Osterman is seeking the Republican nomination for the Jasper City Common Council District 3 seat.
He currently is the vice president of strategic programs for a U.S. Air Force defense contractor, and has worked in information technology, management, and business consulting for Department of Defense, pharmaceutical and manufacturing organizations locally, domestically and abroad.
Osterman believes his experience working with federal and state government agencies, as well as his extensive technical experience provide a basis of critical thinking and level-headed problem solving that will be beneficial to the common council.
“On a daily basis, I am responsible for proper planning, execution and management of government technology and research contracts,” Osterman said. “We are closely monitored by the government to ensure that we are responsible stewards of taxpayer dollars as we deliver capabilities to the warfighter. I believe this fiscal responsibility will be directly applicable to effective execution of the city budget.”
Osterman said the most important issues impacted by the Jasper Common Council are the responsible application of taxpayer dollars, and ensuring the safety, reliable operation and economic stability of the city.
“It is critical to maintain and improve our infrastructure and public services, which helps to ensure the safety and viability of our residents and business owners,” he said. “I think it is important to communicate clearly with the taxpayers, so that they can gain a better understanding of how their tax dollars are put to work. They really need to understand how tax increments, abatements and other funding options are implemented.”
Other issues important to Osterman include making Jasper more attractive to younger and newer workforce talent. He has a passion for technology and believes it can play a significant role in Jasper’s future.
“We have to fix the brain-drain problem in the region,” he said. “Our kids are heading off to college, and many never turn back. There needs to be a reason for these hometown resources, as well as new friends from the outside world to choose Jasper as their personal and professional home. Given the exceptional recent progress with the implementation of the gigabit infrastructure, coupled with attractive parklands and greenspace, not to mention a family-friendly environment and cost of living, I truly believe the city is primed and ready to attract new talent.”
Osterman, 53, has served for the past 10 years on the board of directors of the Optimist Club of Jasper where the Avenue of Flags, Strassenfest Parade, and appearances as Santa Claus for kids’ Christmas events have been a labor of love.
Osterman graduated from The University of Evansville with a bachelor’s degree in computer science. He also obtained a Masters of Business Administration from The University of Dallas. Merrill is a native of Southern Indiana and a 26-year resident of Jasper, and his wife, Melissa (Margarida), is a lifelong resident of Jasper. They have four children and are active members of Precious Blood Catholic Church.
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