Brad Neff, a graduate of Blackford High School, lived in Montpelier all his growing-up years. After graduating from Ball State with a B.S. degree in Business Administration, and an M.A. degree in Executive Development, he moved to Grand Rapids to start a business, and also met his wife, Tina. In 1995 he, along with Tina, returned to Montpelier to work at the family business, Neff Realty, which he soon took over the responsibility of running the business.
During the years that Brad has worked at Neff Realty, he has also taken an active role as a leader in building up Montpelier. In 2005, when Dollar General was considering closing their Montpelier Store, Brad headed up building the present Dollar General Store to keep it in downtown Montpelier. Also In 2005, since the Montpelier Herald was going out of business, Brad saw the need to continue a community newspaper. He, along with his brother, Dave, and Heather White started the Montpelier Weekly Newspaper, which he continues to oversee today. In 2008, Brad took on the project of building the Montpelier Civic Center which included raising over 1 million dollars, including grants, for the project. For the last several years, Brad has been involved in the Montpelier Chamber of Commerce where he served as president five times. He has also been on the Blackford County Economic Development Committee where he served as president two times. For many years, he was a Kiwanis member during which he served as president at different times. He is presently serving on the Southern Wells Community Church steering team, as well as helping run their sound system and co-teaching a Sunday School class.
One of the reasons that Brad returned to Montpelier, in 1995, was because his father had instilled in him a love for Montpelier and the importance of serving in the community. Out of love for Montpelier, Brad’s father, Kenneth D. Neff served as the mayor of Montpelier for 3 terms and was recognized for his leadership achievements by being awarded the Sagamore of the Wabash Award by Evan Bayh who was the Governor of Indiana while Ken was mayor. Brad, in turn, has tried to install a love for Montpelier in his own children, Joel and Kelli. Brad’s goal as mayor is to make Montpelier to be a place where his children, as well as other people, have opportunities to return to Montpelier to live and serve.
Margaret Willmann (D) was appointed Clerk-Treasurer of Montpelier in 2016 and won election in 2019. Much of her career has been in customer service working for a packaging company. Outside of the office, Margaret enjoys reading, gardening, and spending time with family and friends.
Jody came to work for the City on April 4, 2006 as a utility clerk. In 2011 she was appointed to the Deputy Clerk position. Her duties consist of payroll, accounts payable and processing utility payments. Jody has spent most of her life living in Blackford County. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her two daughters and her grandchildren.