A 30-person advisory committee will help provide guidance to Mayor-elect Tyler Moore.
The committee will work with the previously-announced transition team to offer “both short-term and long-term guidance on Moore’s administration policies,” according to a release from the Moore campaign. The committee included a smattering of religious leaders, elected officials, city employees, and other figures known within the community.
“The members of this committee were selected to represent a cross-section of the Kokomo community. They were chosen to provide their input, expertise, and perspective on key issues affecting people throughout our city,” said Moore. “Since day one of my campaign, I have pledged that I intend to lead Kokomo as one, all-inclusive community. This advisory committee will help provide me and my administration with insight into different facets of our community and our workforce. Likewise, I will always welcome and encourage input from any and all of the residents of our great city.”
Members of the committee include:
Boruff is the former president of United Auto Workers Local 685.
Bray is a longtime city employee and presently holds the position of executive administrator. She is the wife of Howard County Commissioner Brad Bray.
Carter is the president of the Retired Police and Firefighters Association.
Clark gained notoriety recently after an unsuccessful bid at an at-large seat on the Kokomo Common Council. The Republican went on to work with the Moore campaign during the run-up to the General Election. He is the owner of Maverick Security Solutions.
Fawcett is the owner of Dan Fawcett Construction Company.
Sciame-Giesecke is the chancellor of Indiana University Kokomo. Under her leadership, the local university has expanded, bringing in record student enrollment. The campus itself has also expanded, with a groundbreaking held last year for a Student Activities and Events Center while a focus has been placed on drawing in students from outside the area with the construction of privately-funded student housing near the campus.
Hingst is the secretary/treasurer of the family-owned Mid America Beverage.
Dr. Martha Hoshaw
Hoshaw is a family practitioner with an office in Russiaville.
Johnson works as the executive director of human resources for Ivy Tech Kokomo.
Jordan serves as the city of Kokomo’s director of development. She has overseen a plethora of development projects undertaken by the city, including most recently that of Championship Park.
Rev. Robert Lee
Lee is a Democrat holding the position of Center Township Trustee. He was first elected to the office in 2015, and he also serves as the pastor of Second Missionary Baptist Church.
McCurdy is the chancellor of Ivy Tech Kokomo. Under his leadership the local university has undergone sizable renovations, with the focus of transforming and modernizing the local campus.
Moore is the mayor-elect’s father and the president of Moore Title and Escrow in Kokomo.
Judge Lynn Murray
Murray, a Democrat, serves as the judge of Howard Circuit Court. She was first elected to the position in 1995. A multitude of specialty courts are under Murray’s purview, and she helped launch the first juvenile drug court in the nation.
O’Donnell is the former owner of Kokomo Opalescent Glass, and he is also involved in real estate.
Pastor Romon Oglesby
Oglesby is the pastor of Great Faith Christian Center in Kokomo.
Pate is the executive vice president of the Realtors Association of Central Indiana
Pastor Charlie Riley
Riley is the pastor of Abundant Life Church in Kokomo. He voiced strong opposition to Kokomo’s updating of the civil rights ordinance in 2016.
Rogers formerly served as the Howard County Sheriff. He served for two terms in the role before retiring at the end of 2018. He served in local law enforcement for 48 years.
Rykman is a firefighter with the Kokomo Fire Department.
Major Brian Seldon
Seldon serves with the Kokomo Police Department and works as one of the department’s public information officers.
Severns is the CEO of the Kokomo Family YMCA. She was appointed to the position in early 2019, and she is the first woman to fill the role.
Sparks is the president and CEO of the Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance. He has served in the role since 2014 and has played a significant role in preparations for the downtown hotel conference center project.
Smith is the superintendent of Taylor Community Schools.
Smith is the owner of Smith Financial.
Stranahan is the city engineer for Kokomo. He is a longtime employee of the city and has overseen many of the projects undertaken by city government.
Summers most recently launched an unsuccessful bid for mayor as a Democratic candidate. He was defeated in the primaries by Abbie Smith. Prior to that, he served on the Kokomo Police Department and retired in late 2018 just after announcing he would seek the mayor’s office. He served on the department for 21 years. After a contentious primary season, Summers transitioned to supporting Moore during the General Election. He also faced a Professional Standards Investigation just before his retirement.
Trine is a former Kokomo Police Department officer and Howard County Commissioner. Trine left the department in early 2015 after an internal affairs investigation conducted the year prior showed he lied about his residency in order to acquire additional insurance benefits. The city allowed him to retire with benefits rather than be fired. He also stirred controversy as a tax agent for the Indiana Department of Revenue, with local business owners claiming in 2015 he was using his position to bully restaurants that were considered competition to his own. After stories ran in the Kokomo Perspective concerning the matter, he resigned his position with the IDOR.
Wyant was a longtime Democratic member of the Kokomo Common Council, representing the First District. He lost his reelection bid in this year’s General Election. He also is known for operating We Care Park for the past 25 years.
Wyman is president of the Board of Howard County Commissioners. He has long served alongside Moore in that role.