Logansport Mayor Ted Franklin has appointed Don Strasser to fill an opening on the Logansport Utility Service Board left by John Davis, whose term ended last month.
Strasser, an auto salesman at Coonie’s Select Auto, grew up in Burnettsville before moving to Logansport in the early 60s.
The city ordinance that established the utility service board in 1978 states the mayor appoints three members to the board and city council appoints two. The board cannot have more than three members belonging to the same political party.
Strasser fills the opening left by John Davis, a Democrat and the board’s most recent chairman. Davis’ four-year term ended in July.
The board will continue to have a Republican majority with Jay King, Todd Miller and Dan Slusser. Marty Monahan and the newly appointed Strasser are Democrats.
Logansport Municipal Utilities Superintendent Paul Hartman said the board will choose a new chairman at its monthly meeting Aug. 27.
Strasser said he is looking forward to the responsibility.
“It feels good to get involved with the community a little bit more,” he said. “I’ve always tried to stay pretty involved and this just gets me a little deeper involvement. Hopefully I can do what’s necessary for people in the community.”
Strasser is a board member of the Domestic Violence Task Force of Cass County, a charter member and first president of the Kiwanis Club of Logansport and a former Logansport police officer.
Strasser and his wife remain active with Logansport High School and are currently hosting their 26th foreign exchange student.
Strasser said he plans to take the position with a practical approach.
“I just feel like I’m a pretty common-sense person, so I feel like I can give [the board] a little insight into the way a lot of the people feel,” he said.