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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.

 

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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

 

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

 

 

Don Griffin

Donald Griffin, Jr., Deputy Mayor

As Deputy Mayor for the City of Bloomington, Donald Griffin, Jr., coordinates and oversees 16 City departments and 850 employees working to implement the Hamilton administration's policies and goals, including job creation, affordable housing, quality of life improvements, and governmental services.

Donald is a Bloomington native with decades of community service and leadership.  He founded and owns Griffin Realty Holdings, Inc.  During nearly three decades as a real estate professional, he gained a deep understanding of Bloomington's neighborhoods, residents, and wider community.  His professional work has been complemented with a long and extensive record of civic engagement in the areas of racial justice, community development, and the arts.  In the past, Donald has served as president of the City's Redevelopment Commission (RDC), president and co-founder of the Monroe County Black Democratic Caucus, and as vice president of the Monroe County Branch of the NAACP.  He has also served as a member of the board of numerous local nonprofit organizations including a current appointment to the Eskenazi Museum of Art, and past service on the boards of the Monroe County History Center and the Bloomington Board of Realtors, among many others.  He has also contributed to the development of the City's Growth Policy Plan and has served on the Bloomington Hospital Revitalization Committee.    

Donald is the recipient of the Indiana University Bicentennial Award (2020), the City's Black History Month Visionary Award (2019), and the City's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Legacy Award (2017).  He studied architecture and building construction management at Hampton University in Virginia.  His family includes his wife Nicole and their son Dexter.

 

 

Mary Catherine Carmichael

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

 

 

Yaël Ksander

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

 

 

Devta Kidd

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

Don Griffin

Title
Deputy Mayor
Email
don.griffin@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

Devta Kidd

Title
Director of Innovation
Email
kiddd@bloomington.in.gov
Phone
812-349-3406

Andrew Krebbs

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

Yael Ksander

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

Celeste Wolfinger

Title
Administrative Coordinator
Email
celeste.wolfinger@bloomington.in.gov
Phone
812-349-3406