Town Officials of Plainfield
Bio: Robin Brandgard has been a member of the Town Council since January, 1980, serving as Council President since 1991. His areas of responsibility are the Water Department and the Fire Territory. He is retired from Allison Transmission Division, General Motors Corporation. Robin is a 1961 graduate of Plainfield High School and attended Purdue and IUPUI. He and his wife Ginny have two sons, Darrin and David, and a grandson.
Robin has been a member of the Plainfield Plan Commission since 1980 and is also a member of the Plainfield Lions Club, the Hendricks County Economic Development Partnership, the Indiana Association of Cities & Towns, Plainfield Masonic Lodge #653, and the Indianapolis Valley Scottish Rite.
Robin's motto for daily living is: Do not worry about things you cannot control. And if you can control things, you should not have to worry about them. He notes this is sometimes easier said than done.
Robin's goals for the town are:
- To keep the small town atmosphere with citizens involved.
- Keep improving upon the quality-of-life programs within the Town, such as the Park System, the Path/Greenways System, the Recreation Center, and Splash Island.
- Keep the business, commercial, and industrial areas separate from the residential areas.
- Grow the tax base in order to keep taxes low and still provide the services required.
- Keep politics and special interests out of the decision making for the Town.
- Provide a proactive atmosphere for those having to do business with the Town.
Bio: Bill Kirchoff became a member of the Town Council in January of 2000. He is retired from Cinergy/PSI after 33 years of service, mainly in the areas of customer service and field management. Bill is responsible for maintaining and developing the Town's streets.
Bill is extremely involved in the community, serving on the Board of Directors for the Indiana United Methodist Children's Home and on the Advisory Council of the Hendricks County United Way. He is also an active volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, Faith in Action, and the Plainfield United Methodist Church. Currently Bill is a member of the Executive Service Corps. He received his AS degree from Vincennes in General Management and his BS degree in General Studies from Indiana University, with a Certificate in Gerontology. Bill and his wife Diane have two sons, Brad and Matt, and a daughter, Stephanie.
Bill's goals for the Town are to provide high quality services in a customer-friendly manner for the lowest possible cost, to maintain the quality of life that we enjoy in Plainfield, and to stay ahead of the growth curve in providing an efficient and safe transportation infrastructure.
Title: Town Council Member, represents District 5
Council Liaison for: Sewer Department, Sanitation
Bio: Dan was elected to the Council in 2015 and began serving on January 1, 2016. He and his wife Patty moved to Plainfield in 1984. Dan grew up in Decatur Township, so living in Plainfield means he’s lived within the same nine miles all his life. He says says when he first walked into the house in Plainfield they now live in, he felt like he was at home. Dan and Patty have a daughter, Allison, who started at Van Buren Elementary the first year they moved to Plainfield and has since graduated from Plainfield High School and become a teacher herself.
Dan is currently the Director of Quality & Regulatory Compliance for Gilchrist & Soames at their Plainfield office. His specialty is quality management systems like ISO 9000 and 14000. His goal as a member of the Town Council is to see the sewer projects that are in planning stages come to fruition. “They are excellent plans, and I want to maintain that energy to keep them on schedule,” he said. “Our utilities are well-run.”
Bio: Kent McPhail was appointed to the Town Council in 1998 to fill the vacancy created when another council member retired and has been elected to the Council since. Kent's area of responsibility is the Police Department and Public Relations. He is also the former Executive Director of the Plainfield Chamber of Commerce.
For eleven years Kent served on the Monroe-Gregg School Board. He has been a past member of the Board of Zoning Appeals and currently serves on the Plan Commission. He is on the Board of the Hendricks County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Kent is also a deacon at the Plainfield Christian Church.
Kent graduated from Monrovia High School and attended Indiana Central College. He has retired from the Suburban Steel Supply Company of Indianapolis where he was General Manager. Prior to that he was General Manager for the Earle M. Jorgensen Company (formerly Kilsby Roberts Co.). He and his wife Donna have a son, Fred, a daughter, Marla, and five grandchildren.
His personal creed is to do his best to make the right decisions for Plainfield and its citizens.
Bio: After moving to Plainfield from Cincinnati, OH in 2005 with his wife of 20 years, Cheryl, and his two sons, Alex and Logan, Lance quickly became active in Hendricks County. He has been a member of the Plainfield Chamber of Commerce since 2005, and was elected and served as president in 2012. He has served on the Hendricks County Tourism Commission since 2010. Along with many other community leaders in the area, he is a graduate of Leadership Hendricks County (2013). He and his family continue to be active members of the Plainfield Christian Church.
His goals are:
- to preserve and advance the quality of life for all Plainfield residents and sustain the great infrastructure the Council men and women have established.
- to share and support the needs of our service men and women in the Police, Fire, and Public Works departments.
Lance also has a great interest in the process of updating Plainfield's Comprehensive Plan that shapes the community and guides growth.
Bio: Jim Spencer has been Judge of the Plainfield Town Court since 1989 and has been re-elected for 4-year terms in 1991, 1995 and again in 1999. Jim is a licensed attorney, a licensed professional engineer and a certified mediator in Indiana. As a practicing attorney, Jim focuses on the corporate, business and commercial areas of the law. Jim has served as an outside counsel for Delco Electronics Corporation and as Assistant General Counsel for AMAX Coal Industries, Inc.
Judge Spencer is an active member of the Plainfield community. He has served as president of the Plainfield Optimist Club and president and board member of the White Lick Heritage Community Foundation. He has a master's degree in engineering from the University of Illinois and a juris doctor degree from Southern Illinois University School of Law.
Duties of the Town Court
- The Plainfield Town Court began serving the community on September 5, 1989 with James Spencer presiding. The Court was established after passage of HB 1388 in the 1989 General Assembly, as a convenience for local residents and to reduce overtime costs for the Plainfield Police Department. The Town Court handles the following types of cases.
- Misdemeanors: A violation of and Indiana Statute for which a person might be imprisoned up to one year. Fines up to $5,000 can also be added to any period of imprisonment.
- Infractions: A violation of an Indiana Statute for which a person might be fined but not imprisoned. Most traffic violations are considered infractions. Fines up to $10,000 may be imposed for infraction violations.
- Ordinance Violations: Plainfield Town Ordinance Violations such as fire code, building code, and animal control violations can be heard in the Court with fines assessed for the violations.
- Pursuant to the Indiana Statutes, Judge Spencer has established a traffic violations bureau which lists the fines and costs for first violations of minor traffic offenses. The violations bureau allows most people issued traffic violations the opportunity to pay the fine and court cost before the scheduled court date. Use of the violations bureau is voluntary and those individuals wishing to request a trial may do so at the initial hearing date noted on the traffic summons.
- Court sessions are held each Tuesday evening (except the fifth Tuesday of a month) at 6:30 p.m. in the Town Court, located at 1075 West Main Street. Initial hearings and trials are conducted at each Court session for infractions, misdemeanors and ordinance violations.
- The Court office is open each business day from 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. to accept payments for the fines, court costs and to respond to procedural questions regarding pending cases. All Court sessions are open to the public and community and civic groups as well as residents are encouraged to attend the Court sessions and observe the Court proceedings.
Contact the Town Court The Town Court is in the Plainfield Police Public Safety Building at 1075 W. Main Street, Plainfield, IN 46168. If you have any questions, please call the Town Court at (317) 838-3710 or send an email to email@example.com.
Bio: Wes Bennett has been serving as the Clerk-Treasurer since August of 2005. Wes is a 1976 graduate of Plainfield High School. He has directed the Plainfield Optimist Football program, is a past president of the Optimist Club, and volunteers for several organizations. He is also a former member of the Morgan County Community Foundation Board of Directors.
Wes brings over 25 years of private sector background and training to the office including sales, marketing, financial and senior management experience. As the fiscal agent for the Town, Wes is responsible for all financial record keeping and management. In addition, his responsibilities include timekeeping and payroll, bank reconciliations and investments, public meeting documentation, audit controls, and accounts payable and receivables.
Wes is married and has two adult sons.