Mayor's Office

Office of the Mayor     

Mayor Allan J. Kauffman was elected Mayor of the City of Goshen on April 1, 1997, following the resignation of Mayor Mike Puro. Prior to this, Mayor Kauffman served on the City Council for sixteen years.

The mayor's term of office is four years with no restrictions on the number of terms served. A candidate for mayor must reside within the City and must have been a resident of Goshen for at least one year.

The mayor is the chief executive officer of the City and is responsible for all operations within each City department. The mayor appoints each department head and many board and commission members and presides over the Common Council and the Board of Public Works and Safety and Stormwater Board meetings. Indiana is considered a "strong mayor" state, where the mayor directly is responsible for the business affairs of the city. In many states, the mayor's responsibilities are reduced by the employment of a city manager.

The mayor ultimately is responsible for the enforcement of City ordinances, compliance with state statutes, signing all bonds, deeds, contracts for the City and approving or vetoing ordinances and resolutions.     

From Mayor Kauffman: 

Our City supports an ever growing industrial base and a vigorous retail area. Our school system is excellent with emphasis placed on life-long learning. We are proud to be the home of Goshen College, a small liberal arts institution with an international reputation.

Goshen has exceptional parks and recreational facilities, numerous service organizations and clubs, and a variety of churches supporting 33 different religious denominations. But more than that, we are 30,000+ people who care about our City and our guests. Please join us, whether just passing through or considering a lengthy stay. Goshen is a wonderful community and I hope that you have a pleasant time experiencing the culture, communities and business that Goshen has to offer.   

202 S. 5th St.
Goshen, Indiana 46528
574-533-9322 (work)
574-533-5168 (home)
Fax: 574-533-9740
Email: mayor@goshencity.com