The Mayor’s Office
Working as a team with the Board of Public Works and the City’s department heads, Mayor Kohl is responsible for leading the day-to-day operations of the City. Whether it be meetings, representing the City at various special events, meeting with existing local businesses to ensure their continued stability, attracting new corporate citizens to the city, leading neighborhood and infrastructure improvements and beautification work, making decisions at all levels of government operations and communicating what is happening to area media and residents, each day is filled with multiple and wide-ranging activities.
A large portion of the Mayor’s work revolves around the initiatives of the City’s 200-Day Plan that serves as the foundation of her administration from March 20, 2017 – October 5, 2017. The plan is built around the Kohl administration’s five building blocks: Safety, Neighborhoods, Economic Development, Communications and Citizen Voice.
Martinsville Building Blocks at Work
Each of these five building blocks will be continuously monitored and evaluated for progress as the next 200 days of the Kohl administration unfolds.
Crime reduction and public safety: job #1
Strengthen neighborhoods to improve residents’ quality of life
Martinsville: driving business expansion, job creation
Consistent information sharing + transparency = open, effective governing
Citizens’ involvement and voices make for a stronger, improved Martinsville
Mayor Shannon E. Kohl
In 2015, Shannon Kohl made Martinsville history by being elected as the City’s first female mayor.
Since taking office in January 2016, she has implemented numerous initiatives under the five building blocks of her administration: Safety, Neighborhoods, Economic Development, Communications and Citizen Voice.
A sampling of initiatives implemented under Mayor Kohl’s leadership include: Beautify Martinsville Weeks, a resurrection of the DARE Program, Operation Sheepdog targeting drug, alcohol and warrant-related arrests, Mayor’s Youth Council, strategic paving program, ramped up code enforcement efforts to help clean up the City, focus on the elimination of unsafe buildings, efforts to attract new businesses to Martinsville, enhanced communications of municipal government activities, and numerous partnerships at the City, Morgan County, regional, state and national level.Working in partnership with the Clerk-Treasurer’s staff and the City Council, the Kohl leadership team produced a reduced, balanced budget for the first time since 2005.
Having moved to Martinsville when she was nine, Kohl married her high school sweetheart, Brian, and they had two sons and a daughter. Shannon and Brian are proud military parents with their son Zach having served in the Marines and Ian having served in the Army. Their daughter, Madelaine, lives in Martinsville, raising her own family that includes Shannon and Brian’s granddaughter, Gwen.
As their children grew up, Kohl volunteered in the community and school system. She later worked as a real estate broker and served on the City Plan Commission. Appointed to fill a vacancy, Kohl served on the Martinsville City Council prior to being elected mayor.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and working out.
Mayor’s Reporter-Times columns
Here you will find Mayor Kohl’s newspaper columns published in the Reporter-Times about news, programs, services and the caring people who make Martinsville a great community in which to live, work and visit.
Special thanks to the leadership at the Reporter-Times for giving their permission for these columns to be included in the City’s website.