Jon Costas  
Mayor
Title: Mayor
Phone: 219.462.1161


Jon Costas has served as mayor of Valparaiso since first elected in 2003.  He began his political career in 1995, winning an at-large seat on the Valparaiso City Council.  Jon has established a reputation as a collaborative leader who advocates both careful planning and bold action.  Valparaiso has flourished under Mr. Costas’ transformational leadership and gained national recognition for its vibrant downtown and award winning Central Park Plaza.  The list of positive changes for Valparaiso is long, but due to the mayor’s “creatively frugal” approach, the city is in excellent financial condition with sustainable funding, a growing tax base, and a rainy-day fund approaching $4 million.  
In addition to his political service, Jon has been a small business owner for almost forty years and currently employs approximately 120 people in his various businesses.  In addition, he is an attorney with Burke, Costanza and Carberry, LLP, and concentrates his practice in the field of Elder Law.  He holds a business degree, a masters in theology, a law degree and is currently pursuing a doctorate in transformational leadership.  Mr. Costas has served on many boards and commissions, including ten years on Indiana’s Higher Education Commission.  Jon is also chair of the elder board of Calvary Church in Valparaiso. 
Mayor Costas enjoys a variety of activities, including running, speaking, song-writing, theology and general aviation.  He has completed seven Ironman length triathlons and is an instrument-rated private pilot.  Jon was a contestant on the Gong Show in 1977 and the song he played can be found on his album by The Conservadellics entitled “Superhero” which can be found at https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/superhero/id727655072 .  Jon and his wife, Sharon, have four adult children and an elderly canine named Lainie.  

 

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