Motion to Oust City-County Council President Fails
City-County Council President Maggie Lewis (file photo)
A City-County Council democrat attempted to introduce a proposal which could have ousted Democratic Council President Maggie Lewis.
Councilor Brian Mahern made a motion at Monday night's council meeting which would have put a proposal on next month's agenda to remove Lewis as council president. Mahern said he made the motion because of a "growing abuse of power." He said there had been a failure to follow rules and procedures and the council should debate whether Lewis' leadership was appropriate.
"We face the challenge of a budget that is as difficult as any that this city has ever faced," Mahern said. "We cannot do that with the doubts hanging as to whether or not the process will be fair, objective and appropriate."
Council Minority Leader Mike McQuillen stated at a recent meeting of the Committee on Committees, the minority party was stripped of committee assignments and the ability to assign its own members to those committees. McQuillen said that has never happened in 45 years.
Council Vice President John Barth praised Lewis saying, "I think she has brought intelligence, grace, bipartisanship and results orientation to this job and I think the people of the city of Indianapolis have recognized that."
Republican Councilor Jeff Miller added that Lewis has been an "awesome" president.
The motion failed by a vote of 11 to 17.