Bloomington Mayor Elect Kerry Thomson Unveils Departmental Leadership for Bloomington Friday

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Bloomington, Indiana – December 1, 2023

Bloomington Mayor-Elect Kerry Thomson revealed her team’s appointments to lead the city’s departments, effective January 1, 2024, in a press release on Friday, December 1, 2023.

“I am thrilled to announce a team with the experience, expertise, and enthusiasm to lead us forward as we set a course to build an even better Bloomington for everyone,” Thomson said.

The appointees comprise a mix of returning department heads, newcomers to city government, and interim personnel tasked with running agencies during the search for permanent leadership.

Among the key appointments:

  • Deputy Mayor: Gretchen Knapp, currently heading operations and marketing for The Mill. Knapp brings a background as an entrepreneur, executive, and freelance consultant.
  • City Controller: Jessica McClellan, Monroe County Treasurer, will become Bloomington’s chief financial officer, overseeing the finance department and budget systems.
  • Deputy City Controller: Kurt Zorn, an Indiana University economist and public finance expert, joins as interim Deputy City Controller.
  • Community & Family Resources Director: Beverly Calender-Anderson, who previously held the position since 2014, will continue in an interim capacity.
  • Corporation Counsel: Margie Rice, a seasoned legal professional with experience in municipal legal teams, will lead the City’s Legal Department.
  • Economic and Sustainable Development Director: Jane Kupersmith, currently Executive Director of CDFI Friendly Bloomington, will transition into this role.
  • City Engineer: Andrew Cibor will continue as City Engineer, leading the Engineering Department.
  • Fire Chief: Jason Moore will be reappointed as Bloomington’s Fire Chief.
  • Director of Human Resources: Sharmaine Pechac, founder of GreyPrint Consulting, will take the helm of the Human Resources Department.
  • Director of Information & Technology Services: Rick Dietz will continue in his role overseeing the city’s IT services.
  • Parks & Recreation Department Director: Tim Street, previously the Operations and Development Director, will step into the lead role.
  • Police Chief: Mike Diekhoff will continue his service as Police Chief.
  • Public Works Director: Adam Wason will continue leading the Department of Public Works.
  • Utilities Department Director (Interim): John Langley, a retired deputy director, will serve as interim director of the Public Utilities Department.

Thomson and her team plan to conduct searches for permanent leaders in various departments. Additional appointments are anticipated to be announced later this month, according to the post.

Kerry Thomson, a former Bloomington Habitat for Humanity CEO and Executive Director at IU’s Center for Rural Engagement, was elected Mayor on November 7, 2023. Thomson, a graduate of Randolph Macon Woman’s College, resides in Bloomington with her family.

Here are screen grabs of the press release:

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