Ridlen named Bicentennial Citizen of the Week

Last Updated on July 11, 2016 by cassnetwork

bicentennialThe last Logansport resident to hold a statewide office is the latest recipient of a special Logansport award.

Julian Ridlen, a Logansport attorney and former Cass Circuit Court and Logansport city judge, has been named the Logansport Bicentennial Citizen of the Week.

Ridlen served two terms as state treasurer during the late 1970s and early 1980s. During his tenure, he created the Indiana Bond Bank. A Republican, Ridlen ran for Congress in 1986 as a candidate in the former 5 th District which included Logansport and the entire Logansport area. After working in the private sector, he returned to Logansport and won two terms as Circuit Court judge. He previously had been elected city judge as one of the few Republican officials in city government.

Ridlen’s wife, Sue, has been a college instructor. She is the daughter of another Logansport statewide officeholder, the late Leland Smith, an attorney who served as Secretary of State.

The Ridlens reside in Logansport where they maintain their own political memorabilia museum. Ridlen has been active in various local organizations including the Logansport Noon Kiwanis Club, Cass County Historical Society and Cass County Historic Preservation Commission.

The Bicentennial Citizen of the Week is an award presented throughout Indiana’s bicentennial year to recognize local natives or residents who have been recognized statewide or nationwide.

Ridlen will receive an Indiana state flag and a certificate from Mayor Dave Kitchell.

SOURCE: News release from Logansport Mayor Dave Kitchell

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