Led by Mayor Mark Kruzan, Office of the Mayor (OOTM) staff includes, Deputy Mayor John Whikehart, Communications Director Alexa Lopez, Executive Assistant Diane Daily, and School of Public and Environmental Affairs Fellow Andrea Pence. We provide organizational leadership, policy development, operations management, constituent outreach and communications direction to help Bloomington retain and enhance its high quality of life.

Mayor Mark Kruzan

Mayor Mark Kruzan


Mark Kruzan graduated with degrees in Journalism and Political Science in 1982 and from the Indiana University-Bloomington School of Law in 1985.

He served as an Adjunct Professor at the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs since 1990 where he taught "Indiana Politics & Policy." Many of his former students, Republican and Democrat alike, hold posts in state and federal government, are lobbyists or legislators, or are involved in other public service roles. Read more about Mayor Mark Kruzan.

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John Whikehart, Deputy Mayor


John Whikehart was appointed deputy mayor after serving most recently as Chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College- Bloomington. Prior to his 22 year tenure with Ivy Tech, John served as chief of staff to Indiana Senate Minority Leader Frank O'Bannon and as personnel director for the City of Kokomo. He also taught at public and parochial schools in Indianapolis, IU-Kokomo's SPEA program and Ivy Tech-Kokomo.

John has served on several local and state boards and commissions, including the Bloomington Utilities Service Board, City of Bloomington Board of Public Safety, Bloomington Public Transit Board, Bloomington Economic Development Corporation, and Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce, among several others.

Executive Assistant Diane Daily

Diane Daily, Executive Assistant


Diane manages the daily operations in the office, drafts all proclamations, greetings and recognition letters, and assists the communications staff with constituent letters, e-mails and event coordination. She graduated from Indiana University with a BA in Telecommunications. A former news reporter, Diane has received several awards from Associated Press and still hosts a Saturday morning program on a local radio station.

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Alexa Lopez, Communications Director


As Communications Director, Alexa is responsible for directing development and implementation of the City's communications strategy in line with the City's strategic plan and working with Department Heads to develop communications materials, including news releases, public service announcements, multimedia and educational campaigns. Alexa will assist the Deputy Mayor in the development and implementation of the City's master strategic plan and the tracking of ongoing projects and issues across all City departments; will help research and track legislation at the Indiana General Assembly and legislation that comes before City Council; and will manage constituent communications for the Office of the Mayor.

Information in Office of the Mayor Staff