Democrat members of the Starke County Council banded together and elected a new president during a special-called organizational meeting. Freddie Baker replaces Republican Dave Pearman in that role. Councilman Bob Sims nominated Baker, and recently elected Democrat members Jennifer Davis and Pam Stalbaum voted for him. Councilman Bryan Cavender nominated Pearman, but nobody stepped forward to second his motion. Pearman was elected vice-president of the council.
The Starke County Commissioners also elected a new president during their first meeting of the year. Commissioner Kent Danford will serve in that capacity for the next year. Kathy Norem will continue as vice-president of that three-member body.