Failing leadership drives away good people from important roles in our community
INDIANAPOLIS— June 21, 2020 —Following months of growing violent crime in Marion County, the Marion County Republican Party is calling for increased leadership from Mayor Joe Hogsett and Indianapolis City-County Council Democrats.
“Last week, Marion County saw its 100th homicide this year and Mayor Hogsett calls for community-based crime prevention groups, which is great,” said Cindy Kirchhofer, Marion County Republican Party Chairwoman. “However, Council Republicans urged the city to take action 6 months ago when they recommended a commission on public safety doing the exact same thing. Unfortunately, it was voted down by Council Democrats and Mayor Hogsett referred to it as ludicrous.”
Council Republicans brought forth Proposal 43, opening a crime commission, to the Public Safety Committee. However, it was quickly voted down by Council Democrats who would rather score short-term political victories than engage in long-term, bi-partisan solutions.
“The Council Republican caucus applauds Mayor Hogsett for his announcement of a project to create a community-driven definition of justice and public safety. In fact, we felt so strongly that we recommended a commission on public safety six months before it was announced. The commission was to involve leaders in education, law enforcement, criminal justice, and community members on a city-wide study of resources spent to combat crime and which ones are working and which are not. We hope this commission could be again be considered by Council Democrats,” said Brian Mowery, Indianapolis City-County Council Minority Leader.
Mayor Hogsett once referred to himself as a public safety mayor and often uses an example of Community District Resource Councils (CDRC) as neighborhoods working together. One of the most effective CDRC’s was IMPD Southeast District CDRC. The eight-member leadership of the southeast side CDRC submitted a mass resignation letter over the past weekend, frustrated, by what is perceived to be Mayor Hogsett’s failing anti-violence initiatives.
The resignation letter stated, “Those who speak of reducing violence turning their heads, ignoring or even encouraging rioting, violence and looting. Community leaders speaking of defunding, dismantling, and disbanding the police department. Violent criminals being released with little or no accountability.”
“We, as elected leaders, are chosen by the voters in Marion County to do a job. Mayor Hogsett’s job is to help keep our community safe. Clearly, as we see with the CDRC resignations for Mayor Hogsett’s lack of action and homicides at an all time high in Marion County, he has failed his job.” said Chair Kirchhofer. “Mayor Hogsett’s failed leadership driving away good people from important roles in our community," said Councillor Mowery.