Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Democrats File Ethics Complaint Against Ballard

Fox59 News' Russ McQuaid had the scoop tonight on an ethics complaint the Marion County Democratic Chairman Ed Treacy filed against Mayor Greg Ballard for giving free use of an IMPD police car to a friend and political contributor to aid in security at his private golf course. The complaint alleges that Mayor Ballard personally requested the IMPD car be furnished to golf course owner Dave Bego. I'm sure many will get a big kick out of the idea of Treacy, a long-time lobbyist, filing an ethics complaint against a politician. Mayoral spokesman Robert Vane reacted angrily to Treacy's complaint, claiming the mayor had nothing to do with the decision to place the car at the golf course. Here's the text of the complaint which was posted at the Indianapolis Times blog:



A. Mayor Gregory A. Ballard

1. Gregory A. Ballard (“Ballard”) is Mayor of the Consolidated City of Indianapolis and Marion County (“City”), an official for purposes of the Ethics Code of the Consolidated City and County, Revised Code Section 293-101 et seq. (“Ethics Code”).
2. As Mayor, Ballard appoints the director of the department of public safety “Director”). Revised Code of the Consolidated City of Indianapolis and Marion County
(“Revised Code”), Section 251-211.
3. In turn, the Director appoints the Chief (“Chief”) of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (“IMPD”).
4. Because of his appointment power, Ballard exercises authority and control over the affairs of IMPD.

B. Dave Bego

5. Dave Bego, of 8071 Knue Road, Indianapolis, Indiana (“Bego”), is owner of
Maple Creek Golf and Country Club, Inc., located at 10501 E. 21st Street, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46250 (“Golf Club”). See “City of Indianapolis/ Marion County Property Information & Tax Payment System” report, attached hereto as Exhibit A.


6. The Ethics Code establishes the city-county ethics commission (“Ethics
Commission”) to promptly resolve matters within its jurisdiction. Revised Code Sec. 293-331.
7. This matter, a violation of the Ethics Code within the prior two years by an
official, Gregory A. Ballard, is within the Ethics Commission’s jurisdiction. Revised Code Sec. 293-334.
8. A violation of the Ethics Code “shall be subject to the enforcement procedures
and penalties” set forth by Revised Code Section 103-3. Revised Code Sec. 293-402(c).
9. A person who has violated the Ethics Code “shall be fined, by way of a penalty
therefore, an amount not exceeding any limitation under IC 36-1-3-8 for each such violation, act or omission,” and may be subject to an injunction by the city. Revised Code Sec. 103-3


10. On October 8, 2007, Dave Bego donated Nine Hundred Ninety Dollars ($990) to
Ballard’s campaign committee, the Greg Ballard for Mayor Committee (“Political Action
Committee”). See CFA-4 Schedule A-1, filed with Marion County Circuit Court Clerk on
October 19, 2007, attached hereto as Exhibit B.
11. Bego recently told Ballard that the Golf Club is a frequent victim of car break-ins.
12. Within a short period thereafter, Ballard caused IMPD to provide Bego and the
Golf Club a marked IMPD police cruiser to park and operate at the Golf Club as a security measure.
13. For about a month during September and October 2009, Bego and his Golf Club
maintained exclusive possession and control of the marked IMPD police cruiser.
14. Only after a news report by reporter Russ McQuaid was aired by Fox59
Indianapolis did IMPD recall its marked police cruiser. News report available online at
http://www.fox59.com/news/wxin-police-car-controversy-102209,0,7304522.story (last visited October 27, 2009).


15. The goals of the Ethics Code are expressly stated:
(1) Duties should be carried out impartially;
(2) Decisions and policy should not be made outside of proper
channels of city and county government;
(3) Public office should not be used for private gain; and
(4) Actions, transactions, or involvements should not be
performed or engaged in which have the potential to become a
conflict of interest.
Revised Code Section 293-101(c).
16. Article II of the Ethics Code sets forth specific standards of ethical conduct.
Revised Code Section 293-201 et seq.
17. Revised Code Section 293-213 states, “An official . . . shall not use city or county
property or personnel for any purpose other than for official city or county business.”
18. By allowing Mr. Bego, a campaign contributor, to exercise exclusive possession
and control of the marked IMPD police cruiser for about a month and simultaneously preventing the marked IMPD police cruiser from being used for official police business or maintenance and repair, Ballard used city property for private business in violation of Revised Code Section 293-213.
19. Ballard’s use of the marked IMPD police cruiser for private business also violates the goals of the Ethics Code.
a) Ballard’s use reveals a lack of impartiality in carrying out his duties. Of all of the victims of crime within the Consolidated City of Indianapolis and Marion County, only one – a campaign contributor – was allowed exclusive possession and
control of a marked IMPD police cruiser.
(b) Ballard’s decision to use the marked IMPD police cruiser was made outside the proper channels of city and county government, and barred its use for official police business.
(c) Ballard’s decision to use the marked IMPD police cruiser allowed the office of the Mayor to be used for the private gain of a campaign contributor.
(d) Ballard’s interests are conflicted by allowing a campaign contributor to maintain exclusive possession and control over property of the city and county, purchased from public funds,instead of committing such property to its intended purpose of preventing crime.

WHEREFORE, the undersigned respectfully requests that the Ethics Commission
determine that Respondent, Gregory A. Ballard, violated the Ethics Code and subject him to the enforcement procedures and penalties prescribed by the Ethics Code, including a fine and an injunction under Revised Code Section 103-3.

Edward Treacy


Indy4U2C said...

Ed Treacy filing an ethics complaint against anyone?????? --It MUST be a joke, right?

Ed "Nepotism" Treacy, can you explain how your wife got her job on the public payroll, please?

Hey, Ed, what do you call it when a member of your party on the city-county council gets a "no-bid" concrete contract at the city airport?

Just how is it that a certain (D) city-county councillor gets a "Not guilty" verdict by a sitting (D) judge that is contrary to evidence?

How is it that a police report about a (D) state senator (with a loud obnoxious mouth) gets "changed" when the (D) sheriff controlled the police dept to exclude mention of the (D) state senator's involvement in a VICE investigation???

Just how ethical is it for the (D) sheriff to use TAXPAYER money to buy motorcycles??? -I've yet to see the (D) sheriff serve an arrest warrant by motorcycle, serve a protective order by motorcycle, perform a sex-offender registry check by motorcycle, transport a prisoner by motorcycle....but, I wonder if they are escorting campaign contributors through the streets of the city, or to certain races on W 16th ST?

Ed, you've really out done yourself with this one!

Indy4U2C said...

...and did Ed Treacy make an ethics complaint against a certain (D) city-county councillor who had a make-work, do-nothing job for the fire department and free use of a city fire dept car?????

--That same city-county councillor was on TV at trials for democrats charged with various crimes....and we never did learn if he was on city fire dept time, did we?

--I remember that city-county councillor's time records published on the internet, and something just wasn't quite right, but where was Ed Treacy and an ethics complaint?

Paul K. Ogden said...

Of all the topics to file an ethics charge on, that's the one Ed Treacy chose? I'm with Indy4UC on the hypocrisy of Ed Treacy, overlooking the ethics problems within his own party while going after Ballard.

artfuggins said...

Indy4U@C, you are free to file an ethics complaint about any of those items you mentioned. You will have to prove that they really happened or that you have the correct information which in a couple of them, you have 100% completely false info.

Had Enough Indy? said...

I don't mind that an ethics complaint has been filed, but the irony of Ed Treacy doing the filing is too much.

Paul K. Ogden said...

No, Art, I'm pretty sure the burden is on Monroe Gray to show he actually did some work for the fire department when he was being paid $80K a year.

Unfortunately my party doesn't come with clean hands on the subjet.

Sir Hailstone said...

Ed Treacy filing an ethics complaint.

Pot. Kettle. Black.

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Indy4U2C said...

Wilson, by fire dept rules, Monroe Gray was to turn in reports of his "work" to the fire chief. Public records requests were made, the reports did not exist. As for appearing at court to support Dems in criminal cases, the TV footage is proof enough.