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Mission

Welcome to the Office of the Mayor. We provide support services to the elected Mayor of the City of Bloomington, John Hamilton, and his executive leadership team. Everything we do here — and all that we believe —  involves working to ensure that Bloomington remains a safe, prosperous, innovative, and well-run city for Bloomington residents, businesses and guests. We strive to provide consistent, high-level services which improve quality of life for all Bloomingtonians while working to meet the emerging needs of the 21st century. This is accomplished through public engagement, in cooperation with City Council, to determine and implement the priorities of our community’s residents.
 

Priorities

To accomplish our mission, Mayor John Hamilton and the Office of the Mayor are committed to the following priorities:
 

  • Support and Maintain Public Safety, Civility and Justice
    Provide fire service and law enforcement and collaborate with agencies to promote justice and civility. Provide ongoing support and direction to issues of downtown livability, homelessness, the opioid crisis, and more.
     
  • Affordable Housing
    Implement and refine an affordable housing strategy as part of the Comprehensive Master Planning process, including updates to the Unified Development Ordinance. Click here to learn more about our affordable housing strategies and initiatives. 
     
  • Facilitate Economic Development through Enhancing Quality of Place
    Continue to work with small businesses, associations, artists, nonprofits, and entrepreneurs to make Bloomington a great place to establish and grow as an employer. Creating engaging physical spaces, supporting great events and experiences, nurturing sustainable practices, and enhancing a spirit of innovation and vitality are all part of a strong, healthy economic future.
     
  • Transparency/Community Engagement
    Communicate with and engage the public about how City government performs, as well as increase use and access to data from City departments. Examples of this transparent community engagement include the Polco public engagement website for collecting public input on current issues facing the City, the biennial Community Survey, ongoing budget goal updates, the 142 data sets on the B-Clear data portal on the City website, the Bloomington Revealed site providing visual representation of such data and the mayor’s open office hours.
     
  • Asset Management and Investment
    Invest in the repair and replacement of existing City-owned assets by providing necessary funding to all City departments responsible for City-owned assets. Invest in new City assets that respond to needs of the community.
     
  • Innovation
    Invest in staff and create a culture of innovation that encourages piloting new ideas that will improve the delivery of services to the community while increasing efficiency to maximize City taxpayer dollars.
     

Proclamation Requests

Throughout the year, Mayor Hamilton recognizes individuals and organizations by issuing a City of Bloomington proclamation in their honor. Proclamations can designate a specific date, week or month of recognition.

Click here to fill out and submit our Proclamation Requestion form. 

 

Executive Leadership Team

Mayor John Hamilton

John Hamilton, Mayor

John Hamilton began serving the residents of Bloomington as their mayor in January of 2016.  Prior to that John served as a school board member for the Monroe County Community School Corporation, worked to pass the school referendum, and was a founding member of the Shalom Center and the Commission on Sustainability.

John is a graduate of Harvard University and Indiana University Maurer School of Law.  He has been awarded two Sagamores of the Wabash and a Distinguished Service Award from the Indiana University School of Law Bloomington, among other honors.

John grew up in Bloomington and he and his wife Dawn Johnsen, a distinguished scholar and nationally recognized advocate for women’s rights and the rule of law, have raised their two sons Matthew and Eric here.

To learn more about Mayor Hamilton, please visit his page.

*Photo Credit: Kip May

 

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Mick Renneisen, Deputy Mayor

As Deputy Mayor for the City of Bloomington, Mick Renneisen supervises 14 department heads in implementing the goals of the Hamilton administration.

Mick served as the Administrator of the Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department from 1996-2015, and in various managment positions within the department from 1981 - 1996. Mick served as the president of IPRA (Indiana Parks & Recreation Association) in 1997 and on numerous IPRA committees over the years. 

Mick has been a member of the Bloomington/Monroe County Convention and Visitors Bureau Board since 1990 and served as the Board President in 2003 and 2004. He has also been a member of the IU HPER (Health Physical Education Recreation) Alumni Board, and currently serves on the School of Public Health’s Dean’s Associates.

In addition to serving as the City’s Deputy Mayor, Mick has been an adjunct instructor at Indiana University in the School of Public Health and annually presents sessions at  IU’s Executive Development Program. Mick has a B.S. in Physical Education from Indiana University (1979) and an M.S. in Public Parks and Recreation Administration from Indiana University (1988).

Mick’s interests and hobbies include traveling, bicycling, and playing golf. Mick has been a statistician for the IU men's basketball and football teams since 1984 as well as providing statistical services for the Maui Invitational basketball tournament since 1995. Mick has been married to Brenda Renneisen since 1995. He has 3 daughters and 2 grandchildren (twins, a boy and girl).

*Photo credit: Tyagan Miller for Bloom Magazine

 

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Mary Catherine Carmichael, Director of Public Engagement

Mary Catherine Carmichael is a lifelong Hoosier, a graduate of Indiana University and a happy resident of, and participant in, Bloomington for the last three decades.

Following leadership roles at Indiana Gas (now Vectren) and Leadership Bloomington-Monroe County, co-hosting WFIU’s Noon Edition with Bob Zaltsberg for almost 20 years, owning her own business and participating in several local boards and commissions, Mary Catherine has been serving in Mayor John Hamilton’s cabinet since 2016, first as Communications Director and currently as Public Engagement Director.

Mary Catherine is responsible for identifying and implementing opportunities for involvement between the City of Bloomington and other constituencies via partnerships and other engagement initiatives.

*Photo credit: Kip May

 

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Yaël Ksander, Communications Director 

A Bloomington resident since 1998, Yaël Ksander spent many of those years getting acquainted with and sharing the stories of the city’s people and places as a reporter and producer for the local NPR station, WFIU.  She is honored and humbled by the chance to share the story of this dynamic burg from the heart of City Hall. 

Raised around Washington, D.C., Yaël came to Bloomington to study painting at Indiana University (M.F.A.).  Previously, she earned graduate degrees in the History of Art from Columbia University (M.A., M.Phil.) and in English at the University of Virginia (B.A.).

When not geeking out about all things municipal, Yaël moonlights as a cultural critic for The Ryder magazine and the Limestone Post, and co-hosts the long-running, nationally syndicated public radio program A Moment of Science, which tends to elicit a lot of groans from her teenage children, Solveig and Jarno.

*Photo Credit: Mike Waddell for Bloom Magazine

 

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Devta Kidd, Director of Innovation

As Director of Innovation, Devta Kidd leads the effort to optimize and future-proof the delivery of city services. 

Devta has worked in organization effectiveness and process improvement for companies ranging from the very small to the very large in the fields of government, technology, and healthcare. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Russian Language and Culture from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and a Master’s of Science in Positive Organization Development and Change from Case Western Reserve University.

Devta has called Monroe County home for nearly two decades and is excited to have a career whose sole purpose is to make the city that she loves even better.

Devta's interests and hobbies include spending time with her son Luke, public speaking, writing, yoga, singing, chanting, watching TED Talks (with a TED crush on Simon Sinek). Her special skills include parenting, strategy development, relationship management, connective communication, organization development, continuous process improvement, and the “people side” of change management.

Staff

Mary Catherine Carmichael

Title
Director of Community Engagement
Email
carmichm@bloomington.in.gov
Phone
812-349-3406

Laura Collins

Title
Digital Communications Specialist
Email
collinsl@bloomington.in.gov
Phone
812-349-3406

John Hamilton

Title
Mayor
Email
mayor@bloomington.in.gov
Phone
812-349-3406

Elizabeth Karon

Title
Executive Assistant to the Mayor
Email
karone@bloomington.in.gov
Phone
812-349-3406

Yael Ksander

Title
Communications Director
Email
ksandery@bloomington.in.gov
Phone
812-349-3406

Mick Renneisen

Title
Deputy Mayor
Email
renneism@bloomington.in.gov
Phone
812-349-3406