Schnarr To Step Down From Jasper Council; Wells Resigns From Community Corrections

SCHNARR TO STEP DOWN FROM JASPER CITY COUNCIL

ScharrJasper (NNDC) – Jasper City Councilman Greg Schnarr has announced he is resigning from his seat on the governing body.  He made the announcement at the council’s meeting Wednesday night.

Schnarr (pictured) and his family are moving out of his district.  He was first elected to represent the city’s 2nd district on the council in 2011.  He won re-election for a second term in 2014.

The Dubois County Democratic Party will hold a caucus to select a successor for the remainder of Schnarr’s second term.

WELLS RESIGNS AS HEAD OF COUNTY’S COMMUNITY CORRECTIONS

Jasper (NNDC) – The Dubois County Community Corrections program is once again looking for a new director.

William Wells, who has headed the program since late 2014 tendered his resignation on February 14th.  It was accepted by the program’s advisory board Tuesday night.

Wells cited certain ongoing philosophical differences between he and board chairman, Dubois Superior Court Judge Mark McConnell about the operation of the county’s Substance Abuse Services office which McConnell oversees.

Wells believes those philosophical difference in how the office should operate is resulting in a lower than acceptable success rate for participants (inmates) in the community corrections program.

When asked to comment on Wells’ resignation by NewsNow Dubois, Judge McConnell did not go into the specifics of Wells’ concerns but did say “William has done a wonderful job for the Community Corrections program and took it in a positive direction.”

Wells took over for J. P. Weisheit who stepped down in late November, 2014 over concerns the board with financial and bookkeeping concerns the board had while he was director.  Weisheit stayed with community corrections as a corrections officer until he retired recently.

Community Corrections Assistant Director Megan Durlauf will assume the title interim director effective immediately.  Wells’ final day on the job is February 28th.

MIRACLE RETIRING AS JASPER ARTS COMMISSION DIRECTOR

Jasper (NNDC) – Kit Miracle has announced she is retiring as director of the Jasper Community Arts Commission.

Miracle, 64, has been with the arts commission for the last 17 years and as its director since 2006.

Miracle is credited with expanding both the number of and quality of shows and performances hosted by JCAC and for her role in teaming up with the Jasper Library Board for the new Jasper Cultural Center which was overwhelmingly approved by local voters by referendum this past November.

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