Ted Ellis is a native of Bluffton, Indiana, and was elected Mayor in 1995 after serving nine years on the Wells County Council. He is a graduate of Indiana University with a degree in economics.
Ellis has served as President of the National League of Cities, the treasurer of United Cities and Local Governments, (the international association representing local and regional governments and their national associations). He was the recipient of a John J. McCloy fellowship in Urban Affairs to study city issues in Germany. He is also past president of Indiana Association of Cities and Towns. and was named a “Sagamore of the Wabash” by the Governor of Indiana. The Indiana Association of Cities and Towns awarded him the Russell Lloyd Award for “outstanding contributions to local government.” Other recent awards include the Indiana Parks and Recreation Association’s Outstanding Service Award, the Hoosier State Press Association’s Sunshine Award for transparency in government and Wells County’s “Citizen of the Year” by the Wells County Chamber of Commerce.
Ted is Moderator of the First Baptist Church in Bluffton and is a director of the Ossian, Indiana State Bank. His past service includes membership on boards of the American Baptist Churches of Indiana, Bluffton Regional Medical Center and the Wells County Foundation. He is a life member of the American Mensa Society.
Ted’s wife, Marge, is a native of Holland, Michigan. They have four children and eight grandchildren.