Tribute to John Knochelby Representative Todd Rokita
Posted on 2014-12-11
in the house of representatives
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Mr. ROKITA. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize and salute a
notable Hoosier, Mr. John Knochel, who after years of service to
Tippecanoe County, Indiana, will be retiring on December 31, 2014. On
behalf of the citizens of Tippecanoe County, I wish to express our
heartfelt gratitude and appreciation for his leadership and service to
our community, state, and country.
John is a lifelong Hoosier and Tippecanoe County resident. He served as District 1 Tippecanoe County Commissioner since 1997. During those 17 years, he oversaw the construction of the County Parking Garage and organized the development of the Tippecanoe [[Page E1830]] County Community Corrections Center. Previously, he served the people of Tippecanoe County as a member of the County Council for two terms. During his time on the council, he oversaw the remodel and renovation of the Tippecanoe County Office Building and the unique and historic County Courthouse. His past service on the Tipmont REMC Board of Directors helped keep energy affordable to Hoosier families. He also shared his love of literature with younger generations while a member of the Tippecanoe Library Board.
I have known John and his family since the very beginning of my public service career. He has always been willing to share advice on a variety of good government measures. He is a role model for his friends, family, leaders in the community, and the citizens of Tippecanoe County.
I am honored to congratulate him on his retirement and thank him on behalf of the people of Tippecanoe County for his years of service to his community, his goodwill, and dedication in helping make Indiana a better place to live. John, thank you for sharing your talents and generosity in service to the Greater Lafayette area.