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 President: Chris Salatas (Ward 4)

Contact: 219-798-7373 Email: csalatas@lowell.net


Chris Salatas Jr graduated from Lowell High School and earned the rank of Eagle Scout from Troop 356. He completed his bachelor’s degree in political science from IU Northwest. At age 23 he was elected to the Lowell Town Council and is currently in his second term. While on the Lowell Town Council, he served for four years as Council President. He currently works for U.S. Senator Todd Young as his Northwest Indiana Regional Director, covering a territory of twenty counties with a population of 1.8 million. Chris also serves on the Lake County Purdue Agriculture Extension Community Advisory Board, serves as District 1 Chairman for the Young Professionals for Governor Holcomb campaign, and as District 1 Chairman of the Indiana Federation of Young Republicans. In his free time he likes to garden, woodwork, brew beer, and travel with his fiancé.


Michael Gruszka (Ward 1)

Contact: 219-552-4601 Email: mgruszka@lowell.net

Mike has been married to his wife, Kimberly, for 27 years. They have two grown boys; Mikey and Chris. They also take care of their two grown nephews Danny and Richie.  Mikey, Danny and Richie are special needs and all have been diagnosed with Fragile X Syndrome.  Mike and Kimberly moved to Lowell 19 years ago and raised their family in here with both of our sons completing all of their schooling through Tri-Creek School Corporation.  Mike is retired from the City of East Chicago Police Department, completing 22 years of service.  Upon his retirement, he entered the private sector as a Police Officer for Amtrak Railroad and currently has 4 years of service protecting a National Transportation Railway system serving 46 States.  Mike is currently serving his 2nd term as Lowell Town Council member and looks forward to serving his constituents for the betterment of Lowell.


Todd Angerman (Ward 2)

Contact: 219-808-4313 Email: tangerman@lowell.net

Todd has lived in Lowell since 1996.  He has served the Town of Lowell in one capacity or another for over 26 years. He was a police officer with the Town of Lowell from 1994 until he retired in 2017 with the rank of sergeant. He currently is a Gaming Agent for the State of Indiana where he investigates gaming crimes, money laundering, and other criminal activity occurring at the casino. He also investigates regulatory violations from the casinos in order to make sure the gaming facilities uphold the high standards of character, reputation, experience and financial integrity envisioned by the Indiana State Legislature when gambling was legalized in the State of Indiana. When he retired from the Lowell Police Department, he continued serving the Town of Lowell by being a member of the Lowell Police Commission. Todd was one of the first teachers for the vocational Law Enforcement class at the Lowell High School. Todd’s wife, LeAnn, was a member of the Lowell Town Council from 2015-2018 where she was the first female president of the Lowell Town Council in 2017.  LeAnn currently is the Asst. Director for the Lake County Board of Elections and Registration. Todd and LeAnn have a son, Brant, who is currently attending Liberty University in their School of Aeronautics.


 John Alessia (Ward 3)

Contact: 219-552-4913 Email: jalessia@lowell.net

John has been a Lowell resident since 1995. He was in Educator for the Tri-Creek School Corporation from 1993-2010, and has worked for the Lake Central School Corporation since 2010. John previously served on the Town Council from 2008 – 2011, serving as President in 2011. He was a member of the Police Commission for many years and served on the Historic Preservation and Freedom Park Boards.  John’s wife, Meg, is also an educator teaching Special Education Preschool for Lake Central.  His children attended Lowell schools K-12 and are proud Red Devils!  John’s daughter, Gabby, attends IU – Bloomington and his son, John III, will graduate from Lowell High School in June, 2020 and attend Purdue – West Lafayette in the Fall.



Vice-President: John Yelkich (Ward 5)

Contact: 219-689-8919 Email: jyelkich@lowell.net

John has lived in Lowell since 2001.  John currently owns and manages a successful insurance agency.  He graduated from Valparaiso University with a Bachelor's degree in Sociology, and is a former Lake County Prosecutor's office employee. John is married to Katherine McLellan, daughter of Seth and Lillian McLellan. Katherine taught for 23 years in the Tri-Creek School Corporation. John and Katherine have a son John, who is a Junior at Lowell High School.