James Johnson serves as the Director of the Data Analysis Division within the Department of Local Government Finance. The Data Analysis Division critically analyzes and certifies the functionality of software systems and data used in the property tax management process, assists in providing this data to the public, and provides efficient and effective customer service support of the Department’s Gateway applications.
James joined the Department in March 2012 with his initial focus as the project lead for the testing and certification process of property tax management systems used by all 92 counties in Indiana. During this process, James travelled to all 92 counties, visiting with staff in the offices of the county assessors and county auditors. In the intervening years, James’ portfolio has grown to encompass overseeing the Department’s data compliance processes and Gateway customer service support in conjunction with the outstanding efforts of the members of the Data Analysis Division. Before joining the Department, James worked as a Budget Analyst in the controller’s office for the City of Indianapolis for five years, partnering with both city departments and county agencies to help formulate their annual budgets and address budgetary concerns throughout each fiscal year. He began his public sector career with the Indiana Department of Commerce (now the Indiana Economic Development Corporation) in the Region 12 office in New Albany, Indiana.
James earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Wabash College in 2002 and his Master of Public Affairs from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs in 2007. Additionally, he studied abroad in Paris, France during the Spring 2001 semester. He is a Level III Certified Indiana Assessor-Appraiser and has served as an adjunct faculty member for the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology’s Technology Leadership and Communication Department.