Indianapolis public safety director Frank Straub is resigning. Straub‘s had a stormy two years at the helm of the department — he‘s clashed with the Fraternal Order of Police over his blunt call for reform in a department he says has a long history of lackadaisical standards.
Mayor Greg Ballard, who appointed Straub, had stood by him, but criticism has intensified since revelations that a second vial of blood from suspended Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer David Bisard had been mishandled in the police evidence room. That disclosure prompted the resignation of IMPD Chief Paul Ciesielski.
A City-County Council committee had twice put off a vote on whether to confirm Straub‘s reappointment, though the council has no power to block his selection — only to express its disapproval.
In a written statement, F.O.P president Bill Owensby says the union welcomes Straub‘s exit, but still has questions about his eventual replacement.
Straub‘s departure is effective August.