It was a pleasure to meet the new Shipshewana town manager, Mike Sutter, today at the monthly Pumpkinvine Advisory Committee meeting in Middlebury.
Sutter comes to the town-manager job with a wealth of administrative experience. He served on the Sturgis, Michigan City Commission for eight years, the Board of Commissioners for St. Joseph (Mich.) County for eight years, and the St. Joseph (Mich.) County road commission for several years. He also was county administrator in two Michigan counties — Sanilac County in the thumb of Michigan for 13 months and Wexford County, where Cadillac is the county seat, for three years.
Other work experience includes being owner, president and CEO of Michiana laminated products in Howe. Sutter had retired from that position before taking the town-manager position.
He began the new job on Nov. 12.
“Shipshewana is an incredibly vibrant community,” he said. “To watch and observe what is happening in this community impresses me every day.”
One of his priorities is to connect the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail from where it ends at 850W to the town center.