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 6:30 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 Council member 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 and four grandchildren. 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 lake cottage.
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 for the citizens of Berne.
Kelly Amstutz (R)
Council President, City Council District 2 - Email this member
Kelly Amstutz was elected to her first term on the Berne City Council in the fall of 2019 as the District 2 representative. She has been an active member in the community, having co-founded the Hope Clinic in 1992, serving as executive director for 19 years and 3 years as a member of the board of directors. In the early years of the Berne Girls Softball League she served on the softball committee and as a coach. She has engaged with public speaking for various community organizations both within and outside of the community and has taught in the children’s and high school departments of First Missionary Church. Kelly is currently employed at Park Center where she works with children and families in the South Adams School system.
Kelly was encouraged by her husband and children to run for city council. With much support from family and friends, she decided to pursue running for city council. She is married to Brice Amstutz; they have seven children and fourteen grandchildren. Kelly and Brice are active members of First Missionary Church in Berne.
Kelly shared she considers it an honor and privilege to be a member of the Berne City Council, and one more way she can give back to the community. As she starts her first term as a public servant, she looks forward to working with the City Council and Mayor in serving the citizens of Berne.
Rod Mason, (R)
City Council, District 3 - Email this member
Rod serves as the council representative for District 3, having been elected to his first term in the fall of 2019.
Rod, along with his wife Laurie and daughter Olivia, moved from Pennsylvania to Berne in 2014, and have enjoyed the community ever since. His daughter attended South Adams High School, graduated in 2017, and is currently studying Exercise Science at Ball State University. Rod and Laurie are members of the Pleasant Dale Church, where Rod serves on the Building Committee, as well as the Ministry and Pastoral Care Committee and occasionally joins the morning Worship Team.
Currently the CEO of Swiss Village, Rod has also held multiple executive leadership positions during his 35+ year career in the Continuing Care Retirement Community field, always serving at a Church-related not-for-profit organization. He serves as the Chairman of the Samaritan Alliance, a purchasing group for over 100 Indiana Senior Care Service Organizations. He also serves on a variety of other industry-related national Boards and services.
Rod has enjoyed becoming a contributor to the Berne community through his work as a Board member of both the Berne Chamber of Commerce and The Berne Rotary and looks forward to serving as a Council Representative for the 3rd District!
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 and his wife Celia are active members of the First Missionary Church (FMC) in Berne, where Ron has served the past six (6) years on the FMC Board as Treasurer and is the leader of the FMC Basic Needs Food Connection team. Ron has also served on the Adams County Boys and Girls (B&G) Club the past ten (10) years and has recently completed a term as Vice-President and will be B&G Club Board President in 2020. Ron has served eight (8) years as city of Berne Park Board President and has also served on the City of Berne Board of Public Works and Safety committee the past four (4) years. Ron is a member of the Swiss Heritage Society and the local American Legion Post 468 Sons of The American Legion (SAL) Chapter. Ron is an employee of Frontier Communications and has worked in the Information Technology field with GTE, Verizon, and Frontier for 36+ 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 33 years ago, Berne is the place I have chosen to live and raise a family in and have declined many opportunities to move closer to work in Ft. Wayne and to other regions in the United States to stay close to my roots and my family".
John Wanner, (R)
City Council “At Large” - Email this member
John was elected to his first term as a council member in the fall of 2019 and is the City of Berne Council at Large represented. John is a lifelong resident of Berne and is a graduate of South Adams High School and Huntington University. He was previously a part owner of Liechty Bros. Plumbing & Heating, served in the Air Force National Guard for 6 years, served as South Adams Campus Life Director for 10 years and YFC Executive Director for 7 years. John and his wife Lisa have been married 26 years and they have 4 children, Dustin, Derek, Addie, and Aidan. John has a passion for his community and considers it a privilege to serve the citizens of Berne as the At Large council member.