It seems the job of being mayor would be plenty. Apparently it is not.
I bring this up because as Peterson spent six days in Reno, the drama in the Marion County coroner's office worsened. As the mayor attended what I'm sure were great seminars -- perhaps even the one titled "Leading Great Meetings with Effective Parliamentary Procedures" -- his county looked for a leader to take on Kenneth Ackles, the disastrously inept coroner . . .
It must sometimes stink to be mayor. Ackles is an elected Democrat, as is Peterson. Calling him out would likely cause the mayor headaches in certain circles just as he prepares to launch a re-election campaign.
It's a tough spot.
But Indianapolis has given Peterson a nice job and a nice title. In return, he needs to stop avoiding this mess. More than anyone, he has the power to make it clear Ackles must go.
The Star can say it. The public can say it. Indianapolis needs its mayor to say it.
When he gets home from Reno, that is.
Sunday, December 10, 2006
Tully Asks Why Peterson Is MIA On Coroner Fiasco
Star political columnist wonders today why Mayor Peterson was off in Reno this past week taking on a new job as President of the National League of Cities instead of tending to matters at home, such as the growing mess surrounding the Marion Co. Coroner's office. Tully writes, in part: