The Starke County Stellar Executive Team Has Been Assembled

The Stellar Executive Team of Starke County has been assembled.

Starke County Economic Development Foundation Executive Director Larry Wickert is serving as one of the members and shared the other individuals who will be involved.

The towns will be represented by North Judson Clerk-Treasurer Andrew Rowe and Hamlet Clerk-Treasurer Kristina Pitts while Mayor Dennis Estok will represent the City of Knox and Commissioner Charlie Chesak will be the County’s representative.

The team also consists of County Attorney Marty Lucas, Sarah Origer from the Starke County Community Foundation, Christine Romine from 1st Source Insurance and County Highway Superintendent Rik Ritzler.

Wickert indicated that the Executive Team is meant to be a steering committee as officials delve deeper into the Regional Stellar Communities process.

One of the first things that this group will tackle is a series of OCRA workshops. From now until March, the County’s Stellar Executive Team will be attending five workshops and will have one webinar to view.

Wickert said the first workshop entitled ‘Vision, Leadership and Strategy’ is being held in Peru on Monday, September 24th. OCRA officials recommend that at least 80 percent of a region’s stellar committee attend these events. Wickert said that the majority of members have already indicated that they’ll be there.