Jim Lienhoop is the 37th Mayor of Columbus, Indiana, taking office on January 1, 2016.
Jim grew up in Columbus, growing up in his family’s duplex in what is now called the Lincoln Central Neighborhood. He spent most of his days at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, where he went to school and attended church with his family.
After graduating from Columbus High School in 1971, Jim pursued his accounting degree at Indiana University in Bloomington.
Jim met his wife Pam while at IU. The two married in 1978, three years after Jim graduated with his degree in accounting.
After college, Jim worked as a certified public accountant in South Bend and Muncie before moving back to Columbus.
“After our son Jon was born, we decided that Columbus would be the perfect place to raise our family,” Jim said.
Jim took a job at Blue & Company in Columbus in December 1986, and has made Columbus his home ever since. Jim and Pam’s daughter, Libby, was born in 1990.
“It’s been so nice to raise our kids in the town I grew up in,” Jim said. “Both of our kids had the same first grade teacher that I had. Columbus has been very good to us and our family.”
Jim has been heavily involved in the Columbus community, having served on the board, usually in an officer capacity, of numerous not-for-profit endeavors. Included among these (past and present) are Heritage Fund of Bartholomew County, United Way of Bartholomew County, Hospice of South Central Indiana, Columbus East High School Olympian Quarterback Club and St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Foundation.
He began his service in local government when he was asked to sit in for a council member who was called into active duty overseas. He was then elected Columbus City Councilman, at-large representative in 2012.
In May 2015, Jim won the mayoral Republican primary and was elected Mayor of Columbus in the November general election.