Monday, November 23, 2009
Mayor's Chief Of Staff Resigns To Go To Work For City Contractor
More on "Pay to Play is the Ballard Way." Mayor Greg Ballard's Chief of Staff Paul Okeson has announced his resignation to take a job with Keystone Construction, another major city contractor that has contributed large sums to Ballard's campaign committee. Okeson told WTHR he couldn't afford to raise a family on the lowly pay of a Chief of Staff. Before joining the Ballard administration, Okeson worked as a government relations consultant for Bernardin, Lochmueller and Associates, another major city contractor. Okeson will be replaced by Corporation Counsel Chris Cotterill. Coincidentally, Ersal Ozdemir of Keystone Construction accompanied Mayor Ballard on his junket to Europe this past week. I'm sure there's no connection between Okeson's new job, city contracts and political contributions. The Mayor's office expects to make more staff change announcements at a press conference tomorrow. Six new appointments to the Capital Improvement Board are expected to be made.