|Mayor Greg Ballard|
After all, it is Mayor Ballard that is presiding over a city that has a Department of Public Safety that's deep in the red. Despite plans to the contrary, Ballard has also stopped growing IMPD and our police force is the smallest it's been in years. Couple this with all the other news of more budget cuts for things like parks, and you wonder just where the priorities are.
Wherever they went, it's clear that the priority of this administration has changed. No longer is public safety job one in Indianapolis. It has become just an empty Greg Ballard promise. Now, in his second term, Ballard is looking out for his own folks, it seems, rather than the rest of us.
To be fair, the Ballard Administration claims that it paid for the raises by just not replacing open positions. That's great. That money should have gone to public safety first before going to raises, in my view. Don't forget, the Mayor put the yoke of public safety right back on his own shoulders. When he was elected, it was the Sheriff that controlled public safety in Indianapolis. Ballard worked a deal, and he got it back from Frank Anderson. Now, he's handing out raises to his own before he takes care of this city's public safety needs.
Something just doesn't seem right about that.