Friday, July 25, 2008

Ethics Committee Votes To Censure Gray

It was supposed to be a bipartisan vote of the City-County Council Ethics Committee to decide whether to censure former CCC President Monroe Gray for failing to disclose his business relationship with a city contractor on his financial disclosure statement, but Democratic member Paul Bateman resigned a few hours before the meeting because of an impending grand jury investigation against his involvement in the Russell Foundation and Councilor Bill Oliver didn't show up for the meeting. The Ethics Committee's two Republican members voted to recommend a censure of Gray to the full council and forward a copy of its report to the Marion County Prosecutor. "The entire intent of this committee was to restore confidence in the public with City Council that we're doing things in an ethical way," the Star's Francesca Jarosz quotes Councilor Pfisterer as saying about the recommendation. Marion Co. Prosecutor referred Gray's case of alleged ghost employment at the Indianapolis Fire Department to a special prosecutor last year. As with all of these cases of public corruption in Marion County, nothing has become of Gray's case. Memo to U.S. Attorney's Office: HELP!

6 comments:

Vox Populi said...

Gary, why do we need to get the US Attorney involved? How about the Republican prosecutor do his job?

David Myers said...

I have been pushing this Monroe Gary issue for sometime now. But I got a little help from people that emailed the city counsil the last few weeks. We must push ahead and see the justice is done.

Indy4U2C said...

...a censure? Pleeeezzzzzz!

What he did is defined in Indiana law as felony Ghost Employment and Official Misconduct! He should be held accountable.

Advance Indiana said...

Brizzi has referred these cases to special prosecutors. Once he does that, it is out of his hands. You can complain all you want about the special prosecutor, but he is unelected and is accountable only to the court.

artfuggins said...

I am no fan of Monroe Gray's. He should not be on the council. After all of this time and investigation, the republicans on the ethics committee voted to censure him. That is meaningless. It does nothing.

Money77guy said...

You might as well throw Ex Mayor Bart and Bert Servas in with Monroe Gray. Why do you think they Bart couldn't censor him. Always follow the money trail in politics. Enough said...