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Deputy Mayor returning to private sector

June 6, 2013

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Deputy Mayor returning to private sector

Bloomington, Ind. - Bloomington Deputy Mayor Maria Heslin announced she is leaving her city government post to return to the private sector.

Heslin was appointed Deputy Mayor by Mayor Mark Kruzan in 2008 and served as the City Communications Director for three years prior to that. Before joining city government, Heslin owned and operated her own marketing and communications company.

New photo for Maria Heslin intends to launch her own company focusing on helping businesses and individuals advance their enterprises through strategic communications, business education and material development.

"Leaving the City to launch my own business was not an easy decision to make because being deputy mayor of the world's greatest college town is an honor and a fantastic job," Heslin said. "However, I'm eager to tackle new challenges and apply the best of the public sector to the world of business."

"I am forever grateful to Mark for the opportunities he has provided me, the support he has shown me and the belief he has demonstrated in my abilities throughout the years. It also has been a total privilege to learn from and work with Mark and the absolutely excellent, dedicated and talented team at the City and our many community partners."

"Our loss is the private sector's gain as her new business clients will have an expert editor, strategist and marketing professional on their team," Kruzan said. "I've been blessed to have had Maria as a partner in running the City for so many years. The main qualifications of the Deputy Mayor post are to have the trust and confidence of the mayor, and Maria completely earned and had that all along."

"Maria has done a tremendous amount not only for city government but for the city as a whole," Kruzan said. He cited Heslin's main accomplishments as being the modernization of city government, leadership of the Innovation Team and authorship of the city's Strategic Plan and noted her role in helping to establish BEAD, naming and designing the logo for the B-Line Trail, launching the Be Active wellness initiative, and increasing the Animal Shelter's adoption program visibility.

Heslin will leave the City later this summer.