Newly appointed Commissioner Bert Weaver has emphasized community development and camaraderie between officials and community members when planning his next term.
Weaver was nominated in early 2022 by a Republican caucus to fill former commissioner Mark Timmons’ vacancy on the commission. Weaver previously served as commissioner from 2012 to 2016. Weaver recently retired from Mid State Mortgage, Insurance and Realty, which he says will give him the time and ability to cover issues that other commissioners may not be able to. able to manage.
“I have the time and the ability to fix some things. If things come up or are needed, I will be available. The other two gentlemen have full-time commitments elsewhere,” Weaver said. “At this point, it’s a big thing in my opinion that I’ll be available for that. Sometimes it’s for emergencies or appointments that Mr. Brewer or Mr. Uitts couldn’t attend.
Weaver said the Clinton County commissioners are in a position where nothing needs to be changed or modified immediately. Weaver said there will likely be new projects in the future.
“I don’t know if there are any changes at the moment because I haven’t been involved in the last four or five years. At this point, I’m going to have to get my feet wet again to figure out some of the things that are going on,” Weaver said.
Weaver strives to use his background in finance, real estate and development to assess issues presented to commissioners. Additionally, Weaver was a high-ranking businessman at a national bank that spanned more than 22 states. He said his experiences with the bank gave him the skills to communicate with business people of all levels.
“I’m looking forward to developing the community a bit more and maybe increasing our income through our tax base that we have,” Weaver said. “I look forward to trying to secure additional development for our community. I think I will be a good resource to be a liaison between the city and the county.
During his previous term as commissioner, Weaver led the charge in bringing Con Agra to the county. According to Weaver, the negotiations were complex because the company was also in negotiations with Boone County. However, through the work of the commissioners, Con Agra agreed to move to Clinton County.
Weaver also led the charge in negotiating the opening of Indiana University Hospital in the county. According to Weaver, the commissioners negotiated with St. Vincent before settling on buying IU Hospital. Commissioners also worked on housing development, which is currently one of the county’s major projects.
“We made a different change in the management of Parkview and now Parkview is financially self-sufficient and no longer a burden on the county. It’s a housing success story for people who need housing there,” Weaver said. “It was an exceptional moment.”
Weaver was asked to join the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) Board of Directors and the County Correctional Board. Weaver said he is already committed to the LEPC board and will likely serve on the county corrections board as well. Other boards chaired by Timmons have yet to contact Weaver about his position.
Currently, Weaver is serving the remainder of Timmons’ term, which is set to end in 2 years and 10 months. Depending on how the term progresses, Weaver said he could debate re-election.
“It’s so far I haven’t even thought about it to be honest,” Weaver said. “I’m looking forward to the next two years to get back into the operation and make that decision when it gets very close.”
The most important factor for his tenure with the commissioners is helping the people of the county. Weaver said staff and community members have his full support in all situations and that he will work to resolve any issues presented to him.
“I enjoyed the camaraderie the county has working with staff and people,” Weaver said. “We have a lot of good players in various positions around the county, and I look forward to helping and supporting them through their issues.”