The Berne Common Council is elected every four years along with the Mayor and Clerk- Treasurer. The council is composed of four members elected from the districts as established and one at-large member. Each voter of the city may vote for one at-large candidate and one candidate from each of the established districts. The at-large candidate and the candidate from each district receiving the most votes from the whole city shall be elected to the Common Council. The members of council serve for four years, and can run for re-election as often as they wish. At the beginning of each year, the council elects one of its members to serve as President of the council to preside whenever the Mayor is absent.
Responsibilities of the Council: The City of Berne city government is divided between the Mayor and the Common Council. The Common Council holds the city’s legislative authority and makes the laws through ordinances, orders, resolutions and motions. The City Council has final authority over the city’s property, finances and appropriation of monies. The mayor presides at council meetings and votes only in cases of a tie.
Meeting Information: The City Council meets the second and fourth Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall, 158 West Franklin Street. The public is welcome to attend the meetings of the council.
Meet the Council Members
Curtis L Wurster, (R)
City Council District 1 - Email this member
Curtis Wurster is the District 1 City Councilman and has served the City of Berne in this capacity since first being elected in the fall of 1995. Curtis is a graduate of Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. He is married to Jeannine (Fletcher) who is a 6th grade teacher in the South Adams School system. Curtis and Jeannine have two children. Curtis is an owner and works at Bernhaus Furniture in Berne.
Curtis and Jeannine are active members in the First Missionary Church and had served as treasurer for 13 years. My hobbies include cooking on an outdoor smoker, running and weight lifting at the Wellness Center, racquetball, walking our dogs and reading. As a family they enjoy vacationing at their parents lake cottage wake boarding and boating.
I have always believed the Berne community a great place to live and raise my family and am happy to serve in whatever capacity I can to give something back.
Gregg A Sprunger, (R)
Council President, City Council District 2 - Email this member
Gregg A. Sprunger is the District 2 City Council representative serving since 1989. Gregg is currently President of the Berne City Council and Berne Plan Commission. Gregg is employed at First Bank of Berne as Asst. Vice-President of Purchasing and Facilities Manager. He is a life-long resident of Berne. Gregg and his wife Barb are the parents of 3 children and 6 grandchildren.
Gregg and Barb are active members of First Missionary Church, where he serves as usher, greeter, audit committee member and various other activities. Gregg is also the treasurer for the Berne Rotary Club, Berne Republicans, Berne Girls Softball, South Adams Trails and South Adams Youth League. Gregg’s hobbies include landscaping, reading, and watching sports. Gregg is especially passionate about his favorite football team, the Green Bay Packers.
Gregg is honored to serve the City of Berne as a city councilman.
Mark Wynn, (R)
City Council, District 3 - Email this member
Mark Wynn is the District 3 City Council representative having been elected to his first term in the fall of 2007.
Mark is a 1988 graduate of South Adams High School and attended the University of Indianapolis. Mark is the former owner and president of Marquis Builders Inc. Mark is now employed by the county as Adams County Building Inspector, Planning and Zoning Director and the Flood Plain Administrator. Mark also supports the Swiss Heritage Society, S.A. Sports Boosters, the SA Music Boosters and serves on the Berne Pool Board.
Mark and his wife, Jolene, have four children: Nathan, Megan, Brandon and Kristen. As a lifelong resident of Berne, Mark considers It an honor to serve the citizens in the city he proudly calls home.
Ron Dull, (D)
City Council District 4 - Email this member
Ron Dull is Berne’s District 4 City Council representative having first been elected in 2007. Ron is married to Celia Dull and they reside on the East side of Berne and are the proud parents of five children, Amber, Drew, Tyler (TJ), Hannah, and Alex (AJ) and have three grandchildren.
Ron and Celia are active members of the First Missionary Church (FMC) in Berne, where Ron teaches the 4th/5th grade boys Sunday school class, serves on the FMC Board as the Treasurer and is a member of the FMC Basic Needs Food Connection team. Ron also serves on the boards of the Adams County Boys and Girls (B&G) Club, the South Adams Youth League, and is President of the Berne Park Board. Ron is also a member of the Swiss Heritage Society, local Post 468 Sons of The American Legion (SAL) chapter, and leads in the coordination of the Berne Halloween Parade and costume contest each fall. Ron is an employee of Frontier Communications and has worked in the Information Technology field with GTE, Verizon, and Frontier for 30+ years.
Ron looks at his City Council position as an opportunity to “give back to” and support the community he loves. “Since my college graduation from IPFW over 29 years ago, Berne is the place I have chosen to live and raise a family
Phil Provost, (R)
City Council “At Large” - Email this member
Phil Provost is serving the citizens of Berne as Councilman-at-Large having been elected in the fall of 2011. Phil is a South Adams Middle School U.S. History teacher and has called Berne home since 1994. Phil graduated from South Adams High School in 2001 and IPFW in 2007. He is active in the community coaching baseball with the Berne Bears Travel Organization, webcasting South Adams sporting events, and volunteering at the Swiss Heritage Village. His wife Haley is a nurse at Family Life Care. They have two sons, Jacob and Jude.
"I love what Berne stands for with its heritage, its values, and the way our community works together to ensure the pursuit of happiness for its residents. My vision for Berne is that these qualities would be maintained and strengthened".