2015-01-06 / Front Page

Wood Chosen By Owen GOP To Fill Vacancy On County Council

by Michael Stanley
Staff Writer


Andy Wood of rural Coal City is sworn in Saturday morning by Owen County Clerk Linda Roy following his election by caucus to fill an at-large seat on the Owen County Council. (Staff Photo) Andy Wood of rural Coal City is sworn in Saturday morning by Owen County Clerk Linda Roy following his election by caucus to fill an at-large seat on the Owen County Council. (Staff Photo) Andy Wood will help the Owen County Council fill all seven seats for the first time since July 13, 2014 when the county’s fiscal body convenes for its first meeting of 2015 on January 12th.

The newest member of the county council was officially sworn in Saturday morning by Owen County Clerk Linda Roy following a caucus conducted by the Owen County Republican Party Central Committee.

The GOP’s 17 precinct committeemen needed four rounds of voting to pair down from nine candidates to a choice between Wood and Andrew McNeil of rural Freedom. Missing from Saturday’s vote was Jackson Township Precinct Committeeman Chrissy Edwards.

Wood will now fill the remaining two-year term of former councilwoman and former county auditor Angie Lawson, who remains under investigation by the Indiana State Police and State Board of Accounts for the alleged theft and misuse of county funds totaling more than $350,000.

“I want to thank each and every one of you for having confidence in me, for supporting me. I think early on a lot of folks felt I was coming from a family that had been in the Republican Party and I was somehow tainted by nepotism. I can tell you that doesn’t exist,” Wood said. “My parents divorced when I was young and my dad worked every chance he got. The things that are meaningful with my uncle (county auditor) Mike (Wood) are that he took me in and took care of me. That’s the only connection we have, is love. I’m my own person and I’ve made myself my own person.”

Wood and his wife, Jacci, make their home on a farm in Jefferson Township with their three children, 14-year-old Kelci, 11-yearold Katie, and five-year-old Eli.

The retired Infantry Captain with the Indiana National Guard was awarded a Bronze Star Medal for service in combat in Iraq and received four Meritorious Service Medals, six Army Commendation Medals, five Army Achievement Medals and was awarded the Order of St. Maurice by the National Infantry Association. Airborne qualified, Wood served as company commander in Iraq, responsible for 131 men and $38 million in government property for one year. His background also includes serving as a human resource officer for 700 soldiers and managed three unit bank accounts.

“I felt humbled to be surrounded by such good candidates. Getting to know them today was a blessing. They are all stand-up people,” Wood said of the eight others vying for the position. “I just want to synergize with the rest of the council, and see what I can bring to the plate. Ultimately, my primary goal is to bring our customers (taxpayers) the best return on their investment. This, along with ethics, will always remain uppermost in my mind.”

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