Mayor-elect Emily Styron announced the appointment of Julie Johns-Cole as Zionsville’s next deputy mayor.
Johns-Cole will start her term Jan. 1. She currently serves as the state director for Indiana 211 Partnerships, Inc., a statewide nonprofit.
Johns-Cole is a small business owner, nonprofit leader and community volunteer with more than 18 years of experience in management, economic development, municipal government, strategic planning and stakeholder engagement.
Her prior experience includes serving as executive director for the Zionsville Chamber of Commerce, senior project consultant for Thomas P. Miller & Associates, an Indianapolis-based economic development consulting firm, director of economic development and planning for the city of Angola and staff scientist for Keter Consultants.
“As deputy mayor, Julie’s passion and deep organizational experience will be an outstanding asset to the town administration,” Styron stated in a media release. “For years she has positively impacted Zionsville both as a community leader and a successful Main Street business owner. Together we will set challenging goals and support the team towards achieving these goals on behalf of residents and stakeholders.”
“I’m honored by this appointment and look forward to serving the residents of Zionsville,” Johns-Cole stated in a press release. “I’ve dedicated most of my professional life to community and economic development and look forward to being part of this administration. I’d like to thank Mayor-elect Emily Styron for this tremendous opportunity.”
Johns-Cole earned a bachelor’s degree from Ball State University, a graduate degree from Indiana University at its Fort Wayne campus and studied abroad at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, Netherlands. She is a certified Economic Development Finance Professional and a graduate of the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute.
Johns-Cole is a board member of the Boone County Chamber of Commerce and board member and musician for the Philharmonic Orchestra of Indianapolis. She lives in Zionsville with her husband, Mike, and their three sons.