The Common Council, also referred to as the City Council, is the legislative body of Seymour city government. In a third class city there are seven elected councilmen, elected for four-year terms in odd-numbered years immediately preceding presidential election years. Seymour has five council districts. One councilperson is elected from each district, and two councilpersons are elected at Large. Council members receive a salary set by the Council the preceding year.

Seymour’s Council meets twice a month in the Council Chambers of City Hall, on the second and fourth Mondays at 7:00 p.m. The Mayor serves as the presiding officer, and may call special meetings. A president is elected from the members of council, and he serves as the presiding officer in the absence of the Mayor. All official meetings are open to the public. The city Clerk-Treasurer keeps the official minutes of the council meetings. The City Attorney, appointed by the Mayor, also attends the meetings. The council acts to pass ordinances and resolutions. An ordinance must pass two readings by council before it becomes a law. A resolution only requires one reading.

Meet Seymour’s City Council Members

Matthew Wheeler – Council District 1

Matt is serving his first term as Councilman for District 1.  Matt is a lifelong resident of Seymour and a 1992 graduate of Seymour High School.  He has worked for his family’s business, The Engraver of Seymour since 1992.  Matt married his high school sweetheart, Amanda in 1995 and they have two children Abigail and Samuel.  He is a member of the Seymour Multisport Club and currently serves on the Trails Committee.  In his spare time, Matt enjoys riding a tandem bicycle with his wife, spending time with his family on the family farm, and playing with his black Lab, Toby.


Jerry Hackney-Council District 2

Jerry moved to Seymour in 1986 and retired from Verizon in 1996. He is a 1963 graduate of Orleans High School and attended Vincennes University and IUPUC. Jerry and his wife Kathi owned and operated Hackney Communications Network until retirement in 2016. He has two daughters and one son. Jerry is beginning his first full term after being appointed to fill a vacancy on the council 2 years ago.


Chad Hubbard-Council District 3

Chad is serving his first term as Councilman. Chad is a graduate of Liberty Christian Academy.  Upon graduation, Chad took interest in music and started his DJ and Karaoke business in 2001.  In 2016, Chad obtained his credentials of ordained ministry.  Chad and his wife, Randi, have three children. When asked who his biggest inspiration is he replied “I can’t give one, I have four” 1. God, 2. My Wife, 3. My Mom and 4. Steve Coombs.


Seth Davidson-Council District 4 

Seth was born and raised in Seymour. He is a 2002 graduate of Seymour High School. In 2006 Seth graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor degree in History.
In 2007 Seth became an Indiana State Trooper, a position which he still holds today.
Seth is married to his wife Betsy and has two children, Warren and Amelia. They are members of Saint Ambrose Catholic Church.
In his free time Seth likes to camp, travel, run, and be outdoors.
Seth currently lives in the oldest house in Seymour which was built in 1857.
Seth is serving his first term as Council District 4 Representative.


Dave EarlyDave Earley – Council District 5

Dave is a lifelong resident of Seymour. He is a 1974 graduate of Seymour High School and a graduate of Northwood Institute.

Dave is currently serving his third term as a city councilman. He is also the first independent candidate to be elected as a City Councilman.

In his spare time he enjoys coaching youth sports and playing golf. Dave is a member of Central Christian Church. He and his wife Rhonda have two children Allison and Skylar and five grand children. David is a member of the Board of Works and Public Safety.


Drew Storey – Council at Large

Drew was born in Seymour, to a devout Christian mother and Catholic raised father. His formative years were also spent in Seymour admiring the family and reputation his grandparents, Rex (Bonnie) Earley, brought up. After graduating from high school, Drew studied engineering and later began working for the Indiana Department of Transportation.

His professional career has given Drew many opportunities to consult locally and nationally to ensure fiscally sound decisions are well thought out and implemented efficiently. He serves on several non-profit boards and is recognized nationally for his asset management expertise. Drew chose to stay in Seymour because of the excellent qualities it possesses that make it an ideal community in which to live, worship, and raise a family.

In 2005, Drew founded a small business and continues to provide services to locals today. Drew is known to be a former athlete for many of Seymour’s legendary coaches, a dedicated Lutheran leader, and a passionate steward of responsible government.

Married in 2009, Drew and Kari have three children in the Lutheran schools, Kinsley, Dysen, and Kollins.

Drew is serving his first term as an At Large City Councilman.


Bret Cunningham-Council at Large

Bret is a 1995 graduate of Seymour High School and have lived in Seymour for the majority of his adult life.  Bret and his wife, Stephanie,  are the owners of Summit Cleaners.  They have an amazing daughter and two dogs.
In his spare time, he enjoys fishing competitively and enjoying the outdoors in many ways.  Bret is thankful for the people in his life, past, present and future.
Bret is serving his first term as City Councilman At Large



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