A "google" search of "Jacklin" and "Ballard" reveal that not a single media outlet has reported that Jacklin is Ballard's new press secretary. Curiously it appears from Jacklin's article that the Mayor Ballard had suggested that his name be left out of Jacklin's article. It is not clear how Mayor Ballard thought he could keep under wraps his appointment of a press secretary.
Jacklin, who is also an attorney, up until early this year served as Executive Director of the congressional LGBT Equality Caucus. Before taking that position in 2013, Jacklin worked for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. The reason for Jacklin's departure from the Equality Caucus is not clear from published reports but may be tied to membership being cut in half earlier this year when the Caucus decided to impose $400 annual dues, which according to the Washington Blade, Jacklin said was for the purpose of increasing his $55,000 annual salary. Over half the members of Congress in the LGBT Equality Caucus balked at paying the dues, including Indianapolis Congressman Andre Carson.
Being a Republican and supportive of LGBT rights is not unusual for Indianapolis politics. But here is the thing. Jacklin is not even remotely a Republican. He's a liberal Democratic activist who has worked for Democratic congressman Sean Patrick Mahoney. There is nothing in Jacklin's history or activism which suggests he has even remotely Republican leanings and should be put into a key position in a GOP administration where policy and communication of that policy will be debated.
Interestingly enough Jacklin concludes his article with this plea to keep his job after the 2015 municipal election: "I’ll be here in January 2016 if the next Mayor wants me." I'm sure Jacklin will fit right in with the administration of Mayor Joe Hogsett.