I am Joy Bell and I am currently the Mayor of Evanston. I began my term in January, 2011 and will serve for 4 years in this capacity. I am a small business owner with a background in both the public and private sectors. I have a variety of experience that relates to assisting people, leading organizations, developing and nurturing partnerships, strategic planning, and working to provide effective solutions for challenges.
I was born in Evanston. My dad worked for AT&T and we spent time in Evanston, Salt Lake City, and the Bay area in California as I grew up. I graduated from high school in Fairfield, CA and attended junior college in Napa. I moved back to Evanston in 1994 and have simply become enamored with the community. I was able to complete my Bachelors degree at Utah State University two years ago through a program and partnership offered by the local Board of Cooperative Education and Services.
My parents, Edie and Myron Bell, were both born and raised in Evanston. They left Evanston in 1972 and returned to the community in 1991.
I have been married to my husband, Jim Hill, for 8 years. We live in the house that my Dad grew up in, and that my grandparents owned. We have no children and 2 red heelers that live with us.