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The Town of Indian River Shores operates under a Council - Manager system of government in which the legislative branch and the town manager administer its policies.

The five-member legislative branch, or Town Council, is elected at large by the residents for a 4-year term. Elections are held in November of even-numbered years. Open positions are staggered, so that there will be either two or three seats open for election every two years. Following elections, the Council selects the Mayor and Vice Mayor from among themselves at an organizational meeting. All elected officials are subject to a term limit of two consecutive terms.

As the Town's legislative body, the Council determines all policies, adopts ordinances and resolutions, approves appropriations and the town's annual budgets, sets the tax rate, and appoints the Charter officers for town manager, town clerk, and town attorney.

An historical list of elected and appointed officials is found here.  Click here for a brief biography of each council member. 

Please see the Elections page if you are interested in running for a position on the Town Council. 

The current elected officials for the Town are as follows:

Michael Ochsner

Brian M. Barefoot
Mayor

 Elected 3-2013 - 11-2020

Michael B. Ochsner
Vice Mayor

Elected 3-2015 - 11-2018 

Dick Haverland

  Robert F. Auwaerter
Councilman

Elected 11-2016 - 11-2020

Richard M. Haverland
Councilman

Elected 3-2011 - 11-2018

 Deborah H. Peniston
Councilmember

Elected 11-2016 - 11-2020 

The elected officials may be contacted through the Town Clerk's office at (772) 231-1771, extension 121, and receive their mail using the Town Hall address of
6001 N. Highway A-1-A, Indian River Shores, FL 32963-1014. 
Email addresses are bbarefoot@irshores.com, mo@irshores.com, bauwaerter@irshores.com, dhaverland@irshores.com, & dpeniston@irshores.com

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Florida has a very broad public records law.   Most written communications to or from municipal officials are public records and are available to the public and media upon request.  Your e-mail communications may be subject to public disclosure as part of a public records request. If you do not want the potential for your e-mail address to be released, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact us by phone or in writing.-- F.S. 668.606

We respect your email privacy as much as possible.  E-mail addressess may be requested as a public record under Florida Statutes Chapter 119.  If you do not want your email address to have the potential to become public information, please call us at 772-231-1771, ext. 121 instead.

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Site Last Updated on:  December 12th, 2017

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