Soliday presents state’s top award to local leaders

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Thursday, January 9, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 9, 2020) – State Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) recently presented Sagamore of the Wabash awards to Valparaiso Mayor Jon Costas and Clerk-Treasurer Sharon Swihart for their many years of service to the city and their diligent work to improve the community.

“Both Jon and Sharon embody what it means to be selfless public servants,” Soliday said. “Their fiscally responsible leadership and bold actions have taken our city to new heights, and our community is beyond lucky to have a pair of officials so dedicated to their jobs. I can’t think of two people more deserving for the state’s most prestigious award.”

Serving as mayor since elected in 2003, Costas has led Valparaiso to both regional and national recognition for its planning, pathways and vibrant downtown area, all while still maintaining healthy reserves.

Currently completing her 36th year as clerk-treasurer, Swihart has served alongside three mayors from both Democratic and Republican parties, providing sound financial leadership and building Valparaiso’s reputation as one of Indiana’s most fiscally responsible cities.

Dating back to the 1940s, the Sagamore of the Wabash award was created by former Gov. Ralph Gates. It is the highest honor the governor can bestow, and is only presented to distinguished Hoosiers who have made significant contributions to the state of Indiana.


State Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) represents House
District 4, which includes a portion of Porter County. 
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