Dale Petrie has had a bunch of titles, past and present.
When he was in high school he was student body president. At Wabash College he continued his involvement in student government. Elder at his church, elected member of the school board, board member of more organizations than you can shake a stick at . . . he’s been there, done that and sweated through a lot of T-shirts.
The true measure of the man though is when he talks about the titles that clearly matter the most to him, husband, father and grandfather.
“I’m going to get choked up,” he said during a recent interview when the subject turned to family. “I’m so proud of my son and who’s decided to live here.”
Over the next few minutes, Dale talked about son Daniel and his wife Emily and their two children Graham and Fletcher. He was just as quick to tell about daughter Erin who lives on the east coast and manages an HH Gregg store. Not to be left out is wife of 41 years, Linda.
No matter the subject, Dale Petrie has enthusiasm, but passion comes out for family.
That tells you a lot about the man.
Two of his current titles, Deputy Mayor of Crawfordsville and Director of Operations are just that, titles. What he really does is manage efforts that are under way with Crawfordsville’s Stellar designation.