Julie Johns-Cole has been named Zionsville’s next deputy mayor, starting next year.
Zionsville Mayor-elect Emily Styron announced her decision Monday to appoint Johns-Cole as deputy mayor. Currently, Johns-Cole serves as state director for Indiana 211 Partnerships Inc., a not-for-profit connecting Hoosiers with health and human service resources. She also is a board member for the Boone County Chamber of Commerce.
She will begin her new role on Jan. 1, 2020.
“I’ve dedicated most of my professional life to community and economic development and look forward to being part of this administration,” Johns-Cole said in a written statement.
Johns-Cole replaces Edward Mitro, who was appointed to the position by outgoing Zionsville Mayor Tim Haak in 2016.
Previously, Johns-Cole served as the executive director for the Zionsville Chamber of Commerce and a senior project consultant for Indianapolis-based economic development consulting firm Thomas P. Miller & Associates. She also worked as a staff scientist for Keter Consultants, and as the director of economic development and planning for the city of Angola.
Johns-Cole earned a bachelor’s degree from Ball State University and a graduate degree from Indiana University’s Fort Wayne campus. She studied abroad at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and became a certified economic development finance professional and a graduate of the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute.
In her personal time, Johns-Cole is a board member and musician for the Philharmonic Orchestra of Indianapolis. She and her husband, Mike, live in Zionsville with their three sons.