What do you offer as a candidate:
I have been involved in public service in some aspect for all of my adult life. I started working at the Indianapolis Police Department after graduation from high school, took a brief break to serve in the United States Army, and then returned to be appointed as an Indianapolis Police Officer.
During my 20+ year police career I worked in a variety of areas, including being assigned to a Federal Drug Task Force and the Marion County Grand Jury. At the Grand Jury I supervised investigators in conducting public corruption and complex white collar crime investigations. I retired as Deputy Chief of Investigations for the department.
Following my police career with Indianapolis I worked as a law firm administrator at the law firm of Harrison & Moberly. I then started his own business, which is now in its 16th year. The business involves Fraud Examination, Private Investigation and Security Consulting. Our company's work focuses on fraud and white collar investigations and I am a Certified Fraud Examiner.
In addition I also served two terms as Perry Township Trustee. For those eight years I managed a budget of around $15 million and never raised the property tax rate while building our service delivery. Some say I became known for being fiscal responsible. I hope so as that was and continues to be one of my goals.
I am currently active in local community organizations and serve on the Board of Directors for Perry Senior Services, Perry Township Fire Foundation and The Central Indiana Youth for Christ BOD. My wife and I attend Southport Presbyterian Church where we are members.
I have earned a Masters in Business Administration, a Bachelor Degree in Business, and an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice.
Through my broad experience in business, government and public safety and community service organizations I bring a goal of efficient, effective and responsible/ethical government while representing District 24 on the Indianapolis City-County Council.
What does your district most need from the City Council?
District 24 needs additional infrastructure improvements. We are in the process of one of the largest STEP programs in Marion County. We have additional areas that will need attention in this area as well. There is also a need for some additional sidewalks and the identification of additional green space in our district. We need surface water control too.
What's your opinion of the 2012 budget proposed by the mayor?
While the budget process isn't yet complete I have generally supported the Mayor's budget. This is a budget that will pay the bills and keeps us from laying off any of public safety personnel. These are difficult economic times and the Mayor's budget has been thoughtfully presented.
What is your position on a comprehensive smoking ban?
I think our businesses operate pretty well under the current rules. I have not been presented with any data that would cause me to want to regulate what our private businesses are doing beyond where we are currently, especially our Veteran and Fraternal organizations.
Do you think the city needs more police officers?
I will always be in favor of having the best police force available to protect our community. I have been supporting the addition of another police recruit class in the budget. We need adequate personnel who are well trained and well equipped to serve our community.
Do you support increased funding for public transportation?
Good public transportation should be one of our primary goals in Indianapolis. Finding a way to support this concept has been elusive. I will support a public referendum to find out if our residence will help support this cost and help find a long term solution.
Do you think the streets and sidewalks in your district are in good shape?
Our streets and sidewalks in District 24 are both improving, in good shape and some in need of repair. As we prioritize the resources I will advocate for repairs in the District.
Name one project that would benefit your district?
An extension of the proposed Madison Avenue Gateway would help start the rebuilding of Madison Avenue to County Line Road. I think that by working together we can see many improvements for our businesses and neighborhoods.
What question do you wish we would have asked?
Why you running? I decided to run for council in hope of bringing my experiences to the council which will make Indianapolis an even greater place to live and work. We need to protect our neighborhoods and bring balanced growth to our community.
Jack E. Sandlin
Indianapolis City-County Council