Mayor & Administration

Town Administration includes Mayor John Stehr; Deputy Mayor Kate Swanson; Human Resources Manager Jo Kiel; Public Information Officer Amanda Vela; and Information Technology Director Joseph Rust.

About Mayor John Stehr

John Stehr was sworn in as Zionsville’s 4th Mayor on January 1, 2024, but he has been well-known to people in Central Indiana for more than three decades.  Before entering politics, John was the lead news anchor for Indianapolis NBC affiliate station WTHR for nearly a quarter-century.  He retired from a 42-year broadcast career in 2019 and was inducted into the Indiana Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame in 2022.

After leaving journalism, Stehr joined the Zionsville Board of Parks and Recreation where he was part of opening Overly-Worman Park, extending the Big-4 Rail Trail to our town’s north and south borders, and the acquisition of the Carpenter Nature Preserve. 

The Stehr family permanently settled in Zionsville in 1995.  All five of their children (Morgan, Connor, Riley, Jeanie, and Meredith) grew up here and studied at Zionsville Schools.  If asked, John will tell you that the best decision he ever made (besides marrying his wife Amy) was to raise his family in what he considers to be the best town in Indiana.

Along with Deputy Mayor Kate Swanson, Mayor Stehr’s administration is focused on keeping our town safe, diversifying our tax base, and on economic development, with an eye toward maintaining our quality of life and preserving our historic areas – from our iconic brick Main Street business district to the proud rural heritage of our friends and neighbors in both Union and Perry Townships.

Mayor Stehr graduated from Gannon University in Erie, PA with degrees in Communications and Political Science.  He is the only member of his graduating class to be designated a “Distinguished Alumnus”.  In 2018, governor Eric Holcomb named him a prestigious “Sagamore of the Wabash”, the highest honor that the state of Indiana bestows for public service. 

About the Zionsville Town Administration

  • The Town of Zionsville operates under a Mayor-Town Council form of government.
  • The Mayor is elected and manages the daily affairs and operations of the Town.
  • The Mayor ensures that Town services are performed in accordance with policies and with the capability of the Town’s resources.
  • The Mayor serves as the Chief Administrative Officer of the Town and oversees the departments and staff that coordinate various services for its residents and businesses.
  • The Mayor is the individual who directs the day to day operations of the Town.


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