Vernon Brown will resign his position effective Friday, according to the Indianapolis Star. Precinct leaders residing in the district will now come together and determine who will take over the seat on the Council. By law, I believe that has to happen within 30 days after the Marion County Clerk receives word of the vacancy.
Brown is an 11-year veteran of the Council first elected with the Democratic wave of 2003. In the past, he served as majority leader. Due to his position on the Indianapolis Fire Department, Brown cannot seek re-election to his Council seat. He is, however, favored to be Warren Township's next Trustee. Current Warren Township Trustee Jeff Bennett elected to not pursue another term in that role.
My friend Pat Andrews wrote a very nice tribute to Brown highlighting his time on the Council on her Had Enough Indy blog.
Recently, Brown had served as the Chair of the Public Works Committee. Zach Adamson will succeed him in that role. Brown also served as majority leader at one point before turning that role over to former Council President Monroe Gray.
I join Andrews in wishing Councillor Brown the best.
Brown's resignation marks just the third change in the Council lineup since this particular group took office back in early 2012. Ryan Vaughn resigned his seat to become Mayor Ballard's Chief of Staff, and Jeff Cardwell resigned his seat to join the Mike Pence Administration. Seems like the last Council lineup saw much more change.