Mike Schmuhl, Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s chief of staff and former campaign manager, will leave the City of South Bend in June to pursue a postgraduate degree in Paris. Mayor Buttigieg’s current deputy chief of staff, Kathryn Roos, will become the next chief of staff.
Schmuhl, 30, will begin a two-year program in international relations this fall at L’Institut d’etudes politiques de Paris, commonly known as Sciences Po. His last day with the City administration will be Wednesday, June 12.
“I love South Bend. Serving the people of my hometown has been a truly rewarding experience,” says Schmuhl. “Leaving this position is a bittersweet moment, but studying overseas has always been a personal goal of mine. I hope that I’ve made a difference and I believe South Bend is on the right track through Mayor Pete’s vision.”
“Mike Schmuhl is a committed public servant, a formidable political talent, and a great friend,” says Mayor Buttigieg. “His integrity, decency, and intellect made him an extraordinary leader in both the campaign and the administration. South Bend will miss him while he pursues this compelling educational opportunity, but we know he will remain in close touch and that he can take well-earned pride in his tremendous contributions to our city.”
Before serving as Mayor Buttigieg’s campaign manager in the 2011 mayoral election, Schmuhl was then-Congressman Joe Donnelly’s campaign manager in the 2010 congressional race. He was the Democratic chairman of Indiana’s Second Congressional District from November 2011 to March 2013. He moved home to South Bend in the summer of 2009 from Washington, D.C., where he worked at The Washington Post.
Kathryn Roos, 29, who was finance director and director of operations for the mayor’s campaign, has served as deputy chief of staff since Mayor Buttigieg took office on January 1, 2012.
“Kathryn Roos will be a terrific leader for the Mayor’s office team. From day one of the administration, she has proven her commitment and talent for public service, and I am delighted that she has accepted the new responsibilities of serving our citizens as Chief of Staff.”
“It is an honor to serve as Chief of Staff and I look forward to ensuring South Bend is a thriving city for all,” says Roos. “Having grown up here, I am committed to making South Bend a great place to live, work, and play. It is an exciting time to work for the people of South Bend.”
Before working for Mayor Buttigieg, Roos worked in London for Porphyrios Associates, a globally-recognized architecture and urban design firm. Roos graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in architecture in 2007.
In the administration, Roos oversees and implements the mayor’s strategic policy vision for South Bend. She is a member of the Vacant and Abandoned Properties Task Force and serves on the Board of Public Works, Downtown South Bend, Inc., and the Northeast Neighborhood Revitalization Organization.