Aurora is a historic river town that is situated 35 miles west of Cincinnati, Ohio, located in the Southeast corner of Indiana. Aurora was settled in the early 1800's and incorporated in 1845 and has strong historic connections to the Ohio River. Aurora is full of unique and historic buildings that preserve its older rivercity characteristics.

Distinguished Citizens

Alan Miller, City Attorney.

Mark Lane

Deputy Fire Chief for the
City of Aurora

Deputy Fire Chief Mark Lane has served with the Aurora Fire Department for thirty years. "It takes a special kind of person to be able to this for thirty years. It's true dedication. He's dedicated to the Fire Department. Aurora is lucky to have him", Mayor Donnie Hastings, Jr. said of Mark.

Mark has served in the Deputy Chief position since 2006 alongside his brother Jeff Lane, who is the Fire Chief. "He rose up through the ranks like I did," Jeff said of his brother, "He deserves the recognition, the deputy chief status. When there is a crisis we work together. He loves the job just as much as I do."

Mark and his wife Lisa have one son, Blayze Lane, also a firefighter; a daughter Brandi; a grandson Zachary; and a new granddaughter Anna Lynn born June 6th, 2017.

Alan Miller, City Attorney.

Alan Miller

Attorney for the City of Aurora

Alan Miller is a life-long resident of Dearborn County. He currently lives in Aurora with his wife of 10 years, Kyle (Thayer) and their daughter, Ryan. Alan founded Miller Law LLC in 2005, then expanded to Miller Flannery Law in October of 2016. Through his career, he has learned how to manage a successful small business and has had the pleasure of working with the people of Southeastern Indiana to reach resolutions to tough problems.

Alan is an active member of the community. He has served as a volunteer with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Kiwanis Club, and Legal Volunteers of Southeastern Indiana, among others. He currently serves as Vice-President of the AIM/Young Professionals of Dearborn County.

In Alan's own words, “I’ve been incredibly excited about the opportunity to serve the citizens of Aurora, Mayor Hastings and the members of our City Council. Aurora is my home. I am personally invested in its future for not only myself, but my family. I want to work with the city leadership to ensure that we achieve our goal of making Aurora the best it can be.”

Alan Miller may be reached at the City of Aurora, Attn: Alan Miller, P.O. Box 158, Aurora, IN. 47001. Email: or (812) 926-1777.

John Borgman, Vietnam War Veteran and Aurora, Indiana City Councilman.

John Borgman

Born November 2, 1932

City Councilman John Borgman was born on Sunnyside Avenue. He graduated from Aurora High School in 1950, and from there earnerd a Business Management degree from IU. John joined the military in 1955, and went on to become a Special Forces Green Beret eventually serving three tours in Vietnam. On his last combat jump in 1968, he had 500 men under his command.

On returning to Aurora, John joined First National Bank (now US Bank), and in 1991 retired as Vice President of the business. In 1994, John was elected to Aurora City Council, and for a brief time was mayor of the City. In all he has served Aurora for continuously for 22 years.

Charlie Thayer, former Aurora, Indiana councilman.

Charles Edward (Charlie) Thayer

January 15, 1935 - December 12, 2015

Charlie proudly served his Country as a Sargent in the United States Army during the Korean War. He then spent 40 years serving the citizens of Aurora, Indiana as a City Councilman, the longest serving councilman in Aurora's history. Rest in Peace Charlie, you will be missed.

Anna (Shorty) Petrovich Meyer, Aurora, Indiana native and youngest member of the
						All-American Girls Baseball League.

Anna "Shorty" Petrovich Meyer

Born November 17, 1928

Shorty Meyer is an Aurora native that has the distinction of becoming the youngest member of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL), at the age of 15. She was signed with the Kenosha Comets, later traded to the Minneapolis Millerettes, and finally joined the Chicago Bluebirds. In all, she played from 1943 - 1954. In 1988, Meyer and the rest of the AAGPBL, were recognized with a Women In Baseball exhibit at the Baseball Hall of Fame Museum.

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Is there someone you believe is deserving of being added to our Distinguished Citizens page? If so, we want to hear about it!

Do you know a tireless public servant? Is there an Aurora native that went on to become famous? Is there someone that makes you think of Aurora just by hearing their name?

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