Roush Service Award – 2017 – Barb Engle

Adams County Chairwoman, Barb Engle, has a long resume; a resume many will never accomplish which includes activism, public service, education, policy making, and more. She is a retired teacher, teaching 33 years at Belmont High School. She was a State Representative and was the 1996 recipient of Legislator of the Year from the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association. And while she began her service as a Republican in 1982, she ended in 1996 as a Democrat after recognizing her ideology was closer to that of the Democratic Party. While she lost her seat because of this change, she persevered and continued to run for office. She served on the Decatur City Council for 12 years and continues to serve as President of the Decatur Plan Commission as well as writes the minutes for Decatur’s Board of Works and Council meetings.
Engle continues to motivate not only those in the Democratic Party, but also some in the Republican Party. Her former student, Wells County Recorder Rina Stuck, cited Engle as her inspiration to enter the public sector. We honor Barb with this award in appreciation for everything she has done for Adams County, Indiana, and the Democratic Party.


  • Belmont High School– Teacher– 33 years
  • State Representative– 1982-1996
  • Decatur City Council– 1999-2011
  • United Way Board of Directors
  • Decatur Plan Commission– President
  • Adams County Retired Teachers– President
  • United Church of Christ– Elder

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