Munster is an incorporated town and as such is governed by an elected Town Council, composed of five individuals. According to Indiana law, the Town Council is responsible for enacting ordinances and policies, supervising the town’s administrative staff and making financial decisions that keep Munster functioning.
These same five elected officials and a non-voting representative of the elected Munster School Board also are the Munster Redevelopment Commission that has authority over the use of tax increment financing (TIF) funds and is empowered to issue economic development bonds.
Joseph Simonetto, Ward 3 council member, serves as president of the Town Council and chairman of the Redevelopment Commission. As council president, Simonetto is the town’s chief executive. A retired business professional, Simonetto is serving his first term on the council. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
John Reed, Ward 1, is an attorney. This is his first term as a Munster Town Council member. His email address is email@example.com.
John Edington, Ward 2, is a retired teacher of life sciences from Munster High School and had been a council member since 2004. To reach him, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dave Nellans, Ward 4, retired as vice president of engineering and support services from Community Hospital. He was first elected to the Town Council in November 1999. He can be reached at email@example.com
Dr. Andy Koultourides, DDS, was originally selected by Republican caucus in 2010 to hold an appointment as Town Councilman for Ward 5. He was elected to his first four-year term in November 2011. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
The town’s sixth elected official is the Clerk-Treasurer who receives and disburses monies as directed by the Town Council, keeps the Town books and records, assists in preparing budgets, and has a vote on the Town Council in case of a tie.
Munster Clerk-Treasurer Dave Shafer was first elected in November 1999. He was a Munster Town Councilman from 1992 to 1998. He can be reached at Town Hall, 219-836-6945 or by email at email@example.com