Former City-County Council President SerVaas dies

Beurt SerVaas


INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A man known as one of the most influential people in Indianapolis has died.

Sources tell 24-Hour News 8 Dr. Beurt SerVaas has died. He spent 30 years as President of the Indianapolis City-County Council. The Council Chamber even bares his name.

He was one of the key figures in the creation of the city’s Unigov structure.

SerVaas set up several successful businesses not only in Indianapolis, but around the world.

Mayor Greg Ballard released the following statement Monday afternoon:

“Indianapolis has lost one of its greatest champions and chief architect of its success. Dr. Beurt SerVaas served our country in World War Two as a naval officer with the Secret Intelligence Division of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS). He returned to Indy to serve four decades on the City-County Council, including 27 as President, in a chamber that now bears his name. Beurt set a gold standard for public service in this city that all current and future leaders should emulate.

Beurt and I spoke often about the city and issues of the day. He never lost his passion for service and zeal for problem solving. The prayers and gratitude of this city are with the SerVaas family. He will be missed.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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