Sunday, January 10, 2016
David Hampton Must Choose Between Being A Deputy Mayor And A Reverend
Mayor Joe Hogsett faced a major ethical dilemma during his first week on the job and failed that test miserably. Hogsett chose Rev. David Hampton to serve as Deputy Mayor of Neighborhood Engagement, a position more or less filled by Olgen Williams under former Mayor Greg Ballard, Parishioners of the Light of the World Church were less than happy about losing Rev. Hampton as their senior pastor to Hogsett's new administration. So Mayor Hogsett apparently gave Rev. Hampton permission to continue serving as his church's senior pastor while drawing a full-time salary as a deputy mayor in his administration.
Can a servant have two masters? Would anyone tolerate the mayor appointing someone to serve in any other full-time position in his administration while maintaining their other full-time job? The talking heads on Fox 59 News' InFocus briefly touched on the matter this morning, including the Star's Tim Swarens, and agreed it probably wasn't a good idea. Yet I don't recall any news stories by Fox 59 News, The Star or any other media source in Indiana questioning the efficacy of this arrangement. Pretty typical, eh?