Press release: Bloomington Mayor-Elect Kerry Thomson Names Additional Appointments

The following press release was sent to the Bloomingtonian Wednesday:


For Immediate Release: December 20, 2023


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – As she prepares to take office on January 1, 2024, today Bloomington Mayor-Elect Kerry Thomson announced additional appointments to her administration.  

The latest appointments include:

Chief of Staff: Josefa Madrigal

Mayor-Elect Thomson will appoint Josefa Madrigal as her Chief of Staff to manage the day-to-day operations of the mayor’s office. Madrigal, who is currently serving in the same capacity for Mayor John Hamiliton, is a graduate of Indiana University and the Indiana University Police Academy. A former police officer, she has also worked for Coburn Place Safe Haven, the Monroe County Prosecutor’s Office and the City of Bloomington’s Community and Family Resources Department.

City Attorney: Larry Allen

Mayor-Elect Thomson has selected Larry Allen to serve as City Attorney. A lifelong resident of Bloomington, Allen currently serves as Deputy Mayor and previously served as the Assistant City Attorney. A graduate of Olivet Nazarene University, Allen earned his master’s degree at Indiana University’s O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs and his law degree from the McKinney School of Law.

Housing & Neighborhood Development: Anna Killion Hanson

Mayor-Elect Thomson will appoint Anna Killion Hanson as the interim Housing and Neighborhood Development Director. A Bloomington native, Hanson currently serves as the department’s Assistant Director and has more than 20 years of experience working in real estate including appraisals, home and building inspections, construction, development, property management, weatherization and real estate sales and brokerage.

Planning & Transportation: Jacqueline Scanlan, AICP

Mayor-Elect Thomson has named Jacqueline Scanlan as the interim Director of the City’s Planning and Transportation Department. Currently serving as the department’s Services Manager, she has worked in the department since 2015. A former member of the Monroe County Planning Department, Scanlan earned her bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Thomson also announced that Angela Van Rooy and Crystal Ritter will continue in their part-time, interim roles in the Mayor’s Office, while searches for permanent staff take place. Van Rooy has been acting as the interim Communications Director and Ritter, who works for the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, has served as the interim Public Engagement Director.

Thomson is a former Bloomington Habitat for Humanity CEO and Executive Director at IU’s Center for Rural Engagement. A long-time Bloomington resident, Thomson was elected Mayor on November 7, 2023.  A graduate of Randolph Macon Woman’s College, Thomson is married, and the couple has four children. 

Learn more about Kerry Thomson and her campaign for Mayor of Bloomington at


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