Welcome to Historic Salem Indiana!

Salem is located in scenic Southern Indiana just 35 miles north of Louisville, Kentucky and less than 100 miles south of Indianapolis, Indiana. Salem is a great place to live and make a living. We have high achieving public schools, and a wide variety of community activities. Salem also has a strong and diverse economic base. If you're a visitor to Salem, we hope you will take note of our many unique and historic destinations. As a city, Salem has retained much of its small town flavor, a flavor that is enhanced by the city’s tree-lined streets, stately old homes and a friendly atmosphere that has been nurtured and handed down through the generations.


Employment Opportunity

The City of Salem Utilities Office is currently accepting applications for a part-time meter reader. 

  • Hourly Rate - $9.59 per hour
  • Background and drug screening Required
  • Applicant must have a valid driver's license, CDL preferred
  • 29 hours/week; between the hours of 7:00am - 4:30pm, Supervisor will set schedule
  • Must be accurate with numbers, customer service oriented, able to learn how to use hand held computer, able to do strenuous activity

Complete the application provided below and either e-mail or hand deliver to the utility office. The return e-mail address is  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

City of Salem Employment Application (pdf)


Youth Football Sign Ups Reminder

The Salem Parks and Recreation Department Youth Football drafts will be held Sunday, August 10, at approximately 3:30 pm in the Salem High School Auxiliary Gymnasium, immediately following registration and parent meeting.  All  county youth football coaches are encouraged to attend.  Coaches must have applications turned into the Park and Rec. Office and must have completed the on-line USA Football Safety Course.  Dates for players to sign up, are Sunday August 3, 1-4pm and Sunday, August 10, 1-3pm in the Salem High School Auxiliary Gym.  NO SIGN UPS AFTER DRAFTS.


Youth Football Meetings & Information

All perspective Salem Parks and Recreation Department Youth Football coaches are encouraged to attend a preseason coaches meeting Tuesday July 29, at 7:00pm in Salem City Hall. This includes coaches from East Washington, West Washington, and Salem.  Coaches are required to submit a coaching application to the Park and Rec. Office and must be okayed by the Park Board before assuming duties to coach.  

The applications are submitted to the Washington County Sheriff's Dept. and the Washington County Welfare Dept. for Criminal and Child Protection Services Background Checks.  This year each coach must take an online football coaching course through USA Football.  The course concentrates on concussions, proper equipment fitting, hydration, etc.  Upon completion, each coach will recieve their youth football coaching certification.

The Salem Parks and Recreation Department Youth Football league co-directors are once again Rodney Brough and Bubba Abbott. Salem P&R Youth Football is for players grades 3rd-6th residing in Washington County. For more information you may call the Salem Parks and Rec. Office at 883-2895.

As a reminder, the fee for each player is $35.00.  Registration and issuance of equipment will be Sunday August 3, 1-4pm and Sunday August 10, 1-3pm.




City Passes Annual Water Test

The City of Salem received a good report on the city’s water Friday afternoon, passing an annual wastewater test.

Every year, the wastewater treatment plant’s water sent out to the Blue River undergoes an extensive biological test. The tests help to ensure that the polluted water sent to the city’s sewers by individual households and industries is cleaned to help protect Blue River’s water quality.

Sensitive fish and crustaceans are exposed to samples from the plant of a one-week period and their response is measured. Scientists from Commonwealth Biomonitoring in Indianapolis measure how well these animals survive, grow and reproduce compared to water that has no toxic chemicals in it.

The most recent test conducted in mid-May showed that the city’s wastewater is completely safe for Blue River’s aquatic community. The results have held true for the past five years.

The water quality professionals at the Salem Wastewater Treatment Plan are doing an excellent job keeping Salem’s environment clean.

Blue River has been declared to be an "Outstanding Water Resource" by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and an "Exceptional Use" stream by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.  This fine stream supports forms of aquatic life (fish and salamanders) that are rare elsewhere.

Service & Education Events

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Public Meetings

Salem Tree Board Meeting
08-07-2014 4:00 pm
Prevent Child Abuse Meeting
08-08-2014 12:00 pm
Board of Works
08-11-2014 6:30 pm

Community Events

Friday Night on the Square
09-19-2014 5:00 pm
Outside the Walls 2014 Bicentennial Benefit Power Ride
09-27-2014 10:30 am
Salem Bicentennial Parade
09-27-2014 2:00 pm