Portage Township Trustee
Brendan Clancy’s passion, commitment, and compassion for his community have been apparent through his years of public service. Since taking office as the Portage Township Trustee in 2011, Brendan’s accomplishments are many.
One of the three largest Townships in Northern Indiana, and one of over one thousand township offices in the state, Trustee Clancy oversees the Township’s South Haven Fire & EMS Department, the Senior & Community Center, Cemetery Department, Portage Township Department of Park & Recreation, and Township Assistance.
"Township government is important because it’s the government that is closest to the people and the easiest to access,” states Clancy. What matters most to Trustee Clancy is providing access for emergency assistance to those in need, as well as, aiding in preserving Portage’s history, offering opportunities for healthy outdoor recreation, serving the community’s seniors, children, and families, and keeping Portage Township residents informed and safe.
Trustee Clancy’s accomplishments include:
New building construction: (1) Portage Township Department of Parks and Recreation Administration/Maintenance Building, (2) Portage Township Cemetery Administration/Maintenance Building, and (3) Portage Township Community Services Building with state-of-the-art community Food Pantry.
Senior & Community Center building expansion and growth in services and programs.
South Haven Fire & EMS Department building renovation, and equipment and apparatus upgrades.
Installation of community Wayfinding and park signage as well as significant improvements to park grounds, amenities, and ballfields.
Development of Community Outreach, Marketing, and Grant-writing initiatives.
Implementation of new assistance programs including Service Dog Awareness Program, 211 Awareness Program, and most recently the Portage Township Autism Action Coalition (a collaboration with township first responders to bring awareness to and address the need to defuse fear and anxiety and communicate with children/adults on the spectrum during an emergency.
Clancy has also constructed an outdoor fitness trail for seniors and has plans to develop more trails. “We couldn’t do what we do if it weren’t for our community and all the integral partnerships we have formed through the years,” states Brendan Clancy. A strong partnership with the City of Portage, the Portage Township School system, and the Portage YMCA was created to address food insecurity during the pandemic.
Clancy also works closely with local unions, civic and nonprofit groups; together they have installed park playground equipment, built ADA ramps, distributed toys to children, provided meals, implemented festivals and events, and aided in providing clients with life’s necessities.
Always, with an eye to the future, Trustee Clancy has consistently provided for upgrades to Fire Department apparatus and equipment. Expansion of the Senior & Community Center will now accommodate the growing senior population. Plans to expand and build a columbarium at McCool Cemetery are underway and will accommodate cemetery needs for decades to come. Park and trail development has begun including new outdoor recreational opportunities that residents expect from their community.
Portage Township’s accomplishments have not gone unnoticed, receiving many recognitions and awards throughout the years from both local and state organizations. Two-time winner of the Township of the Year Award from Indiana Township Association, Trustee of the Year, Putting Portage on the Map, and multiple new construction accolades from the Greater Portage Chamber of Commerce, just to name a few. With Brendan Clancy’s vision and tenacity, Portage Township has become a model for all townships throughout the state.