Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Straub Narrowly Wins Council Backing
The Indianapolis City-County Council narrowly approved the reappointment of Frank Straub as Public Safety Director by a vote of 16-13 at last night's council meeting. Two Republicans, Christine Scales and Janice McHenry, boldly bucked the party leadership in voting against his reappointment. At least two other Republican councilors rumored to be leaning against Straub ultimately voted in favor of last night's resolution. Libertarian Ed Coleman voted against Straub, while Three Democrats, Vernon Brown, Angela Mansfield and Jackie Nytes, supported Straub. I wondered if Brown didn't have a bit of a conflict of interest seeing that he is a battalion chief for the Indianapolis Fire Department, which Straub oversees as Public Safety Director. If Straub's vote failed last night, it is likely he would have remained in the position through the end of Ballard's term if Ballard held off naming a successor. An Avatar-styled animation video has popped up on YouTube poking fun at Straub's abrasive management approach. A similar video appeared on YouTube recently taking issue with Carmel Mayor James Brainard's relationship with his fire department. Hat tip to IndyStudent.