What do you offer as
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
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?
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
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