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Town Council Members

President: 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.  WThey 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.


 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.


 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.



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.