A handshake and a changing of the guard

Chief Brown Retires.

After serving the town of Santa Claus for nearly 19 years, Marshal Joey Brown has decided it’s time to retire. “It wasn’t an easy decision, but I’ve been thinking about it a while now,” he said, “James will do a great job…he knows the town and the people know him.

Taking the helm is 8 year veteran James Faulkenburg.

Faulkenburg (left) & Brown (right)

Pictured here, prior to exchanging badges James and Joey wish each other the best as they begin their new ventures.

Joey’s last day on the job is today, with James taking the helm tomorrow, Brown will remain on as deputy through at least the end of the school year as he works as a School Resource Officer at North Spencer School Corp and other town duties.

Town Receives IPEP Safety Grant

Eric Ackerman from IPEP and Mike Becher with Dale State Agency arrived in Santa Claus to present the town the 2019 IPEP Safety Grant Award.

Russ Luthy and Kelly Greulich receive check from Mike Becher and Eric Ackerman


The Indiana Public Employers’ Plan, Inc. (IPEP) is excited to announce the Town of Santa Claus as a recipient of its 2019 Safety Grant Award. IPEP is proud to partner with the Town of Santa Claus and Dale State Agency to maximize opportunities to promote a safe work environment and assist with stretching their risk management resources. The grant funds will be used to purchase safety equipment or safety training programs that will reduce or limit workers’ compensation exposure.

IPEP was created in 1989 as a risk-sharing pool for public entities, as a response to the need for public employers to find affordable workers’ compensation coverage. IPEP has grown to provide workers’ compensation claims administration for more than 700 public entities including cities, towns, counties and schools.

2019 Golf Cart Registration

This is your annual Golf Cart Permit Registration Notice.

To be permitted to drive on the streets of the Town of Santa Claus in Christmas Lake Village and Holiday Village your golf cart needs to be registered with the town and a permit must be displayed on the vehicle.

Annual fee is $25, payable to the Town of Santa Claus along with the registration form can be dropped off at Town Hall during normal business hours.

To view the Town ordinance, click here.

To download the registration form, click here.

Golf Carts and Off-Road Vehicles shall not be operated on sidewalks, trails, other public ways, streets and roadways other than those defined as “Permitted Streets” in this Section, State Highways (except as permitted by Section 2 above), or at any location on Louis J. Koch, Jr. Boulevard or on Ashburn Road between Louis J. Koch, Jr. Boulevard and New Year’s Eve Day Drive. In and at Yellig Park, Golf Carts and Off-Road Vehicles shall be operated only in designated parking lots and driveways, and shall not be operated on walking trails, on ball or soccer fields or other areas not designated or otherwise established for vehicular travel.


Have you taken the survey?

There’s still time to provide your input into the future of the Town of Santa Claus.

Click here for more info

The  Town of Santa Claus Comprehensive Plan was adopted nearly a quarter of a century ago. Certainly, many things have changed since that time. The Plan acts as a guide for future decision making and is a required element in many grant and other funding initiatives.

The Town is currently updating that plan and wants to incorporate the thoughts of residents regarding the town’s future.

Survey closes January 31, 2019 at 4:00PM.

Become a Parks Board Member!

Town Parks Board Member Needed

The Town of Santa Claus is looking for someone to sit on the Parks and Recreation Board.

Must be:

  • Town of Santa Claus Resident
  • Available to meet once a month at 6pm

Letters of interest accepted until December 8th.

Letters can be submitted to the Town Hall, or emailed to SantaClaus@psci.net.

Call 812-937-2551 with questions.

New Town Hall Roof

Work is in process to replace the roof on the Town Hall in Santa Claus.

TH RoofAt the April Meeting the Town Council accepted a bid from Schmidt Contracting from Jasper to replace the existing flat roof and shingles  at a cost of just under $26,000.

The roof was originally installed in 1985 with a 10 year warranty. That it lasted 31 years is pretty amazing. Water leaks had become a regular event during rainstorms leading to buckets in the Clerk Treasurer and Police Chief offices among other locations..

Hopefully we will get another 30 years out of this one.