City of Logansport names new building commissioner

SOURCE: News release from Logansport Mayor Dave Kitchell

A familiar face in the Logansport City Building will have a new title later this month.

Wayne Erwin, the city’s rental inspector, has been promoted to building commissioner. The promotion is effective June 17. He will succeed Deb Beattie, who announced her retirement earlier this spring.

Erwin is certified in several areas related to his new duties and brings four years of experience in the office to the position.

Mayor Dave Kitchell said he was one of six candidates for the position, and was the best fit for the opening.

Erwin said he wants to do more to improve the city’s housing stock, and particularly wants to address issues with roofing and siding.

He is a Royal Center High School graduate and served three years in the United States Army. He served as a deputy in the Cass County Sheriff’s Department for 20 years, including 13 as chief deputy. He and his wife, Debbie, have worked on opposite sides of city and county government. She worked as a city dispatcher when Wayne was a deputy. Since returning to Logansport from a brief stay in Florida, she now works for the sheriff’s department while her husband returned for his second stint with the Building Commissioner’s Office.

Erwin is a member of the International Builders Association and Cross-Wind United Methodist Church.