In my post yesterday, I believe I said that Public Safety Director, Dr. Frank Straub, would face a vote from the City-County Council next week. Well, it turns out I was off.
Straub will face the Public Safety Committee tonight, and it really couldn't come at a worse time for him. Yesterday, he was again embarrassed when he found out that his self-proclaimed battle to clean up IMPD took another unpredictable turn. By now you know that Chief Paul Ciesielski resigned over the handling of a second vial of Officer David Bisard's blood.
Many people I heard from last night said they thought that Ciesielski was just being a good employee. That sort of included Carl Brizzi who last night on WTHR said that Ciesielski was a "sacrificial lamb" in this case.
Again, there are many good men and women in IMPD. They work hard and do everything they can to protect the public they serve. Straub was hired to clean up the rest of the department, and there have been a lot of setbacks along the way. That doesn't even take into account his often sometimes abrasive and volatile relationship with the FOP and people in the department.
At some point, you have to look at the results you are getting and wonder if someone else can't do better. That's what the Public Safety Committee will do tonight. Of course, under state law, Straub appears to be free to serve as long as Greg Ballard wants him to serve. The next few days may determine how willing the Mayor is to spend political capital to defend his hire.
There is no middle ground on Straub. People either like him and think he's doing his best, or they think he's running IMPD as the Public Safety Director and running it into the ground for that matter. We'll see if the Public Safety Committee wants to run him out of a job tonight.