Mayor Roswarski Announces Changes to Lafayette City Council

Mayor Roswarski Announces Changes to Lafayette City Council

Mayor Tony Roswarski has announced that the Lafayette City Council has welcomed two new Council members.

Steve Snyder was sworn in as an At-Large Council member by Judge Steven P. Meyer. Snyder, Tippecanoe Building Trades Construction Council President, was elected by local Democratic precinct committee members. Snyder fills the spot left open when Democrat Council member Lon Heide stepped down due to health concerns.

“Steve brings knowledge and expertise to the Council thanks to his connections to the building trades,” Mayor Roswarski said. “He is extremely involved in this community and brings a deep understanding of our community’s needs for workforce development. We are simply delighted to work with Steve in his new role.”

Snyder has been integral to the area’s job training and apprenticeship programs and has been a member of the Economic Development Commission as well as United Way and other vital local programs.

Eileen Hession-Weiss was sworn in by Judge Meyer. Hession-Weiss fills the District 2 seat most recently occupied by Ron Campbell. Democratic precinct committee members voted to appoint Hession-Weiss to the City Council.

“Eileen brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the City Council,” stated Mayor Tony Roswarski. “Her tenure under Mayor Jim Riehle’s administration will provide a unique perspective of city government to the position along with her community connections. We look forward to working with Eileen as she fulfills the remaining two years of Ron Campbell’s term.”

Eileen Hession-Weiss currently works half time at Lafayette Urban Ministry as business manager. Prior to her current position at LUM, she was full-time business manager and held various position at LUM during her tenure. Hession-Weiss was elected City Clerk from 1984-1995 for the City of Lafayette.

Members of the Common Council are part-time elected officials who serve for four years and can run for re-election as often as they wish. The current terms end January 31, 2023. The City Council is responsible for passing ordinances and the appropriation of money. The Council fixes the annual salaries of elected officials, members of the police and fire departments, and has the authority to reduce, but not increase any other items in the city budget as submitted by the mayor.

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