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:
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.
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 has retired from Gilchrist & Soames where he was the Director of Quality & Regulatory Compliance. His specialty was 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:
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 since, his most recent re-election being in 2015. He is a licensed attorney and a licensed professional engineer. As a practicing attorney, Judge Spencer focuses on the corporate, business and commercial areas of the law. He 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 (now the Hendricks County 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
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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.