City Council

Chris Sarvanidis

1627 Cleveland Avenue
Phone: 688-2261
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Councilman Sarvanidis is currently serving his seventh term on the City Council and is the City Council President.  Councilman Sarvanidis is also Chairman of the Ordinance Committee and the Economic Development Commission.  He is a member of the not-for-profit Whiting/Robertsdale Community Improvement Corporation, the Whiting Roosevelt Club and the Whiting/Robertsdale Historical Society.

Councilman Sarvanidis and his wife Carolyn (Buzzy) are lifelong residents of Whiting.  He is a graduate of Whiting High School and Purdue University West Lafayette.  He is currently employed by Cleveland-Cliffs Steel in Burns Harbor, Indiana and has been with the company since 1988.

Tom Michniewicz
3rd District Councilman
Phone: 219-659-6433

Tom was elected to his first term as Councilman of the Third District. He has served as precinct committeeman of the fourth district for approximately 18 years after being appointed for Mary Petro when she resigned the position. Tom also served on the Fire Merit Board for 16 years and the Economic Development Commission.

Tom has been married to his wife, Cathy, for 38 years.  He has two sons, Ryan and Tommy, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Tom attended Immaculate Conception School and graduated from Bishop Noll.  He retired from Inland Steel (now known as Arcelor Mittal) with 34 1/2 years of service.  He is a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Roosevelt Club.

Rebeca Michko
2nd District Councilwoman

1841 Pennsylvania Avenue
Phone: 219-313-1595

Rebeca was elected to fill the unexpired term of former Councilman Rudy Wunder in 2003 and was then elected in 2003 for her first elected term. She is currently serving her fourth full term. Rebeca attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Grade School and graduated from Whiting High School in 1987. She grew up in the 9th Precinct on the 1700 block of 119th Street.

Rebeca owns and operates Rebeca’s Hair & Tanning Salon.

Mark Harbin
1st District Councilman

Bio coming soon.

Shawn M. Turpin

Phone: 219-659-5369

Shawn is into his 1st term on the city council after serving 11 years as a School Board Trustee for the School City of Whiting.  Currently, he is also the 2nd District’s Precinct Committeeman.

Shawn is an active member in the community belonging to numerous clubs and organizations.  Some of those include the Knights of Columbus, Slovak Club and the Roosevelt Club.  He also volunteers at Whiting’s annual St. Baldrick’s event as well as the Second Chance 4 Pets Network yearly fundraiser.  Shawn has been the co-leader of the Whiting/Robertsdale Crime Watch Group for several years. 

Shawn graduated from Whiting High School and Purdue University, West Lafayette.  He currently works at the University of Chicago and is a parishioner at Immaculate Conception.