Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Indianapolis Homeland Security Chief to to Chair Perry Township Schools PAC Pushing for Higher Taxes

If there is any wonder why the local Marion County GOP organization is losing conservative support, you only have to look at the the elected and appointed Republicans who regularly line up to support higher taxes on working men and women.    Next up is Gary Coons, former Perry Township Trustee
Gary Coons
who is currently employed by the City of Indianapolis.  He describes his position on his LinkedIn account as:
Chief Executive Director of Homeland Security~Executive Board FBI Terrorism Task Force~US DOJ Counter Terrorism Council
Coons got in some hot water a few years ago getting a full-time job with the City of Indianapolis when he already was Perry Township Trustee.  I wrote about it on my blog:
Previously on this blog, I wrote about Henry (Hank) Bosworth, who is probably best known for his work as a high-ranking official in the Marion County Sheriff's Department, but who has two other jobs.

This morning, I present the case of Gary Coons, the elected Perry Township Trustee. In that role, he make $51,520, not counting benefits. Recently, he has taken a second job with the city administration, as public safety liaison with the Department of Public Safety. In that role, he is expected to work 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., 40 hours a week minimum. Translation: It is a full-time job. He is now a salaried city employee, making $64,000 with benefits.
Channel 13 picked up on the story and Coons immediately ordered his trustee pay stopped.  He eventually resigned as Perry Township Trustee and later took a position as Homeland Security director for Indianapolis.

Today, Coons reappears as Chairman of "Vote YES for Perry Township Schools," a political action committee set up for the purpose of "supporting Perry Township Schools for their $63 million Referendum --$50M Construction ; $13M Operations."  Once again, a Marion County Republican is supporting higher taxes on local residents.

In the organization paperwork filed on December 10th of last year, Coons shows extremely poor judgment in listing his City of Indianapolis email and phone number.


Had Enough Indy? said...

Isn't that not just poor judgment? Isn't it illegal to use a government job for other things?

Paul K. Ogden said...

Unless he starts getting calls and emails at the City about PAC matters, he's probably okay. But it's better to lessen that possibility by not putting Indy government contact information down on a political form. To me it's more about very poor judgment, which concerns me since he's supposedly protecting us from terrorism.