Wednesday, January 05, 2011

CIB Board Member Takes Job In Washington, D.C.

An observant citizen brought to my attention the fact that one of Mayor Greg Ballard's appointees to the Capital Improvement Board, Jay Potesta, has taken a job in Washington, D.C. and is no longer residing in the City of Indianapolis for all practical purposes. I was surprised to see the address of Jay Potesta and his job in Washington with the Sheet Metal Workers' International Union listed on the CIB's website.


Assistant Director of Governmental Affairs
Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association (SMWIA)
1750 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20006
(Local Mailing Address: 1427 Mahony Court (4217-7474)
Current Term: 01.15.10 – 01.14.12
Last year, news reports of the CIB meeting where a $33.5 million give-away to the Indiana Pacers was approved indicated Potesta was not in attendance. It must be kind of hard making meetings during the week in Indianapolis when your full-time job is located in the nation's capital hundreds of miles away. Board minutes indicate Potesta missed four of the eight board meetings between April and November of last year. It's extremely insulting that our mayor cannot find residents of our city who live and pay taxes here to serve on important boards like the CIB. You may recall he insulted residents by appointing an out-of-state radio talk show host to serve on a board that advises him on public safety matters.


Paul K. Ogden said...

Aren't board members legally required to live in Indianapolis? Maybe not...

Gary R. Welsh said...

He claims a residence here. I recall a member of the library board being forced to resign when Peterson was mayor after it was revealed he had taken a job in Ohio and was commuting back and forth for meetings here. I believe it was Pete Pizarro.

Gary R. Welsh said...

Greg Ballard also promised not to appoint lobbyists to city boards, a promise he has repeatedly broken. Clearly Mr. Potesta's job is lobbying for his union.