Winamac Council Schedules Special Session to Update Nepotism Policy

Winamac Town Hall
Winamac Town Hall

The Winamac Town Council will meet in a special session tomorrow morning to update its nepotism policy. Winamac’s current policy dates back to 2012, when the state first started requiring one from local governments.

The policy aims, with some exceptions, to prevent one family member employed by the town from being in direct supervision over another. It also regulates contracting with relatives of town employees for goods, services, or public works projects.

It’s this second part that’s been changed at the state level since the policy was first adopted in 2012, and Winamac Town Attorney Justin Schramm has suggested that the town update its policy to reflect that. He recommended that the Town Council approve the updates as soon as possible, leading to the scheduling of tomorrow’s special session. If local policies aren’t in compliance with Indiana Code, the Department of Local Government Finance may decide not to approve the town’s budget or other funding.

Council members will meet tomorrow morning at 7:00 at the Clerk-Treasurer’s Office in the Winamac Town Hall.

The entire proposed ordinance can be found here.