Vaughn is set to become the President of the Indiana Sports Corporation. He will replace the outgoing Allison Melangton who will be joining Hulman Corporation as Senior Vice President of Events. In other words, she'll be helping to plan and execute events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The shuffle won't happen until October 27, but Vaughn leaving the Mayor's Office at this time is pretty interesting.
A Ben Davis High School and Wabash College graduate, Vaughn has climbed quickly from attorney to politician to his new position. Brought on by the Mayor for, among other things, his acumen at dealing with the City-County Council as its former President, he will be taking that experience with him to ISC at a very critical time for Ballard.
According to news reports, the move over to ISC gives Vaughn a big raise, and he won't have to deal with many of the headaches he did as Ballard's COS. It's a stressful job, and I can understand why the allure of the chance to do his own thing at the ISC was so tempting for Vaughn. It might also be building up that resume for something in the future.
His comments about getting out of politics are definitely interesting. Vaughn was someone many had thought might be interested in running for Mayor of Indianapolis. That clearly is not going to happen with him taking this new position. Makes you wonder what Mayor Ballard's thinking. If he's running for a third term, he won't have one of the people that has been a key adviser on the government side there to turn to. If this signals the Mayor is not running for a third term, it could mean that Vaughn has seen the future in his crystal ball may be cloudy for the Marion County Republican Party.
In any case, I wish Ryan Vaughn the best. Even when I've been hard on him in the words of this blog, he's always treated me nicely. He's a good man who you'll see back in the game someday and somewhere.