VCPRD Park Board Members & Board Structure

Jeffrey Fisher
PRESIDENT
Appointed by Circuit Court

Abby Desboro
VICE PRESIDENT
Appointed by County Commissioners

Joseph Newton
Appointed by County Council

Dona Griffin
Appointed by County Council

Eddy Adams
SECRETARY/TREASURER
Appointed by Circuit Court

Aaron Gadberry
Appointed by County Council

Dana Gadken
Cooperative Extension Agent


VCPRD BOARD STRUCTURE:
Vigo County Council passed Ordinance No. 1 on November 5,
1965, establishing the Vigo County Park and Recreation Board in
accordance with Indiana Code 36-10-3, General Park and Recreation
Law. The first Board was appointed on December 13, 1965 and held
its first meeting on January 25, 1966. The ordinance was amended
on October 26, 1982, reestablishing the Board. On October 26,
2009, the Board approved amending the name of the organization
to Vigo County Parks and Recreation Department, adding an ‘s’ to
Park to identify the expansion of the parks system. This officially
amended the Board name also, hereafter referred to as the Vigo
County Parks and Recreation Board.

The Vigo County Parks and Recreation Board operates in accordance
with Indiana Code 36-10-3, General Park and Recreation Law.

The Board consists of seven members who serve four-year terms.
Two members of the Board are appointed by the judge of the
Circuit Court, one member by the County Commissioners, and two
by the County Council. These members are appointed on the basis
of their interest in and knowledge of parks and recreation. No more
than one member appointed by these entities shall be affiliated with the same political party. The County Extension Committee
(Board) may select one of its members, the County Extension
Coordinator or the County Extension Agent, to serve as an ex officio
board member. Lastly, the Mayor of Terre Haute also appoints one
member as an ex officio board member, whose four-year term runs
concurrent with the Mayoral term. The member appointed by the
Mayor must be affiliated with a different political party than the
member appointed by the County Commissioners. By virtue of the
appointment process, the Board is bi-partisan.

At each January meeting, the current Board members nominate
individuals on the Board to serve in the officer positions. Officers
of the Vigo County Parks and Recreation Board are elected by the
current members of the Board.

The Vigo County Parks and Recreation Board meets the fourth
Monday of each month, unless conflict forces an alternate date.

When necessary, the Vigo County Parks and Recreation Board will
meet in Executive Session in accordance with Indiana Code 5-14-
1.5, Public Meetings (Open Door Law).