Seitz resigns as mayor for role with Braun

By ALLEN LAMAN
alaman@dcherald.com

JASPER — Word of Jasper Mayor Terry Seitz’s resignation traveled quickly this morning.

Mayor Terry Seitz

Shortly after a Jasper press release announced that he will step down as mayor to accept a senior staff position with U.S. Senator-elect Mike Braun, Seitz received a note from Gov. Eric Holcomb congratulating him on his new role.

“Jasper’s loss is Indiana and America’s gain,” Seitz said while reading through the last line of the note during a phone interview with The Herald this morning.

Seitz — who was elected in November 2011 — will resign from his duties as mayor on Jan. 1. Pursuant to state law, his replacement will fill out the remainder of his term after being selected by a caucus of Republican Precinct Committee members that will be convened by Mark Messmer, the Dubois County Republican chair.

Seitz’s term would have concluded at the end of 2019. There will be a mayoral election next fall.

Braun called Seitz to discuss the position shortly after his election to the U.S. Senate last month. Seitz’s initial reaction was, “Seriously?” Then came, “Wonder how that would work?” After hammering out the details, Seitz made his formal announcement through a press release this morning.

Braun has asked him to help him set up an engagement or outreach office.

“Terry has done a phenomenal job as mayor of my hometown of Jasper,” Braun said in the press release. “Under his leadership, Jasper was recently named the Indiana Chamber of Commerce Community of the Year. Mayor Seitz’s skills as a leader and a passion for serving Hoosiers make him a tremendous asset I’m proud to have joining our team.”

Seitz said more than anything, he is delighted to be able to work with Braun, a man he has respected and known for more than 40 years. It feels special for Seitz to play a role on Braun’s team.

“Mike has a unique opportunity as a United States senator to represent Indiana like it hasn’t been represented before, simply because of where his roots have been,” Seitz said. “And that’s here in Jasper.”

The press release said 2018 has been a year of “monumental events” for the Jasper community. From the dedication of The Parklands of Jasper to being named the Indiana Chamber of Commerce Community of the Year — as well as drawing national attention with Braun’s election — it said the calendar has been filled with significant moments.

“It has been the highest honor to have served as your mayor for the last seven years,” Seitz said in the release. “Waking up each morning knowing that I represented all the good this city offers has been an extraordinary experience. Along the way I’ve met many new friends, both here in Jasper and around the State of Indiana. Building upon these same friendships will be part of my work for Senator Braun.”

When he thinks back on his time as mayor, Seitz will remember that he fulfilled the singular campaign promise he made when he first ran for the office in 2011.

“That we would want to take a good city and make it an even better one,” he said. “And I don’t have any doubt whatsoever that we are a better city in the end of 2018, after seven years as mayor, than what we were then (at the beginning).”

Seitz encouraged his replacement to know that the people that are working for them respect the work that they do. Sit back and delegate dutifully.


A letter to the citizens of Jasper from Mayor Terry Seitz:

2018 has been a year of monumental events for our community. From the dedication of The Parklands of Jasper to being named the Indiana Chamber of Commerce Community of the Year, there have been many significant moments. We also drew national attention with the election of Jasper businessman, Mike Braun, to the United States Senate.

This moment in time has provided a rare opportunity for me to consider a different approach to public service. After much consideration, I have accepted a senior staff position with our Senator-elect and will be resigning as Mayor of Jasper effective January 1, 2019. Elected officials, department leaders and my colleagues at City Hall were notified of my decision today.

Senator-elect Braun issued a formal welcome today: “Terry has done a phenomenal job as mayor of my hometown of Jasper. Under his leadership, Jasper was recently named the Indiana Chamber of Commerce Community of the Year. Mayor Seitz’s skills as a leader and a passion for serving Hoosiers make him a tremendous asset I’m proud to have joining our team.”

It has been the highest honor to have served as your mayor for the last seven years. Waking up each morning knowing that I represented all the good this city offers has been an extraordinary experience. Along the way I’ve met many new friends, both here in Jasper and around the State of Indiana. Building upon these same friendships will be part of my work for Senator Braun.

A very talented City staff has been engaged in every step of the projects underway and planned in the City. This will not change. Let me assure you that, while I’ve played a role in what is happening in Jasper, this dynamic team deserves credit for all our accomplishments. We will continue to build upon the collaboration we have established in our region as a leading Indiana city and a city of leaders. Our future is in good hands.

Pursuant to state law, Jasper’s next mayor will be selected by a caucus of Republican Precinct Committee members to be convened by Dubois County Republican Chair, Mark Messmer.

My wife, Deena, and I offer our deepest gratitude for all the kindness and trust bestowed upon us over the years. Likewise, we are grateful for the opportunity to assist Senator-elect Braun as he begins his new journey. May God continue to bless Jasper!

Mayor Terry Seitz




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