Steve Fields makes bid for 3rd Ward City Council seat

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Steve Fields has worked in the public eye of the Greencastle community since moving here in 1978. Now he is volunteering his services to the community as a candidate for the Third Ward seat on the Greencastle City Council on the Democrat ticket in the May 5 primary

"My decision to run for Third Ward councilman," Fields said, "is all about service to the community I call home, Greencastle. I have worked in the background for two mayors and have a great deal of respect and appreciation for the accomplishments of the City Council, and particularly Jinsie Bingham of the Third Ward."

During the 30-plus years Fields, 60, 11 Wood St., has lived in Greencastle, he has worked a journalist, coordinator for non-profits and substitute teacher. He is currently sales manager for Jameson Coffee in Greencastle and continues to work as a freelance sportswriter.

Fields came to Greencastle as sports editor of the Banner Graphic and developed an award-winning sports section during two stints in the position. He was nominated three times for Indiana Sportswriter of the Year and won the prestigious Corky Lamm Sportswriter of the Year Award in 1996 from the Indiana Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (ISSA).

Fields has also been honored by the Indiana High School Athletic Association and Hoosier State Press Association. It was during Fields' third year as president that the ISSA established the ISSA Hall of Fame.

It was during Fields' first tenure (1978-86) as sports editor that he pulled together community leaders to establish an American Legion Baseball program, with the support of the Greencastle American Legion Post.

After leaving the newspaper in 1999 to devote more time to his family, Fields spent five years running two state and federally funded non-profit agencies. He later became coordinator for the Putnam County P.I.E. Coalition Against Substance Abuse.

While working with the social service agencies and law enforcement as coordinator for the non-profits, Fields was asked to represent the city of Greencastle on the Western Indiana Community Action Agency Board of Directors. Fields was recently recognized by WICCA for 10 years of voluntary service to the board as the Greencastle representative and continues in that role today.

He also served on the Greencastle Housing Authority Board of Directors and the Big Walnut Sports Park Board of Directors.

Fields grew up Linton and graduated from Linton-Stockton High School and attended Vincennes University.

Fields has been married to Monique, a teacher at North Putnam High School, for 29 years. Fields' has two sons, Joe a senior at Greencastle High School, and David of Rome, Ga. and two grandchildren, also of Rome.

"I am offering to serve the citizens of the Third Ward and the city of Greencastle. I just want to serve my community," Fields said.