Mayor Ballard's chief of staff to step down

City-County Councilman Ryan Vaughn will be named as Mayor Ballard's new chief of staff. Vaughn will resign from his City-County Council seat.

Chris Cotterill

Chris Cotterill (Wabash.edu / May 2, 2012)

Indianapolis

Mayor Greg Ballard’s chief of staff is stepping down. 

Sources told Fox59 News Chris Cotterill is leaving Mayor Ballard’s administration to return to work in the private sector.

Cotterill took over as the mayor’s chief of staff, following the resignation of Paul Okeson in 2009.

“Chris Cotterill’s leadership on the Citizens Energy transaction will save ratepayers hundreds of millions of dollars,” said Mayor Ballard. “I often joke that service in my administration is like the song Hotel California in that ‘you can check out any time you like, but you can never leave.’  That is true in the case of Chris Cotterill as I will continue to seek his advice and service in other ways for the betterment of Indianapolis.”

Mayor Ballard appointed City-County Councilman Ryan Vaughn as the new chief of staff.  Vaughn will resign from his City-County Council seat and from Barnes & Thornburg LLP for the new position.

Vaughn played a role in negotiations to accept Public Safety Director Frank Straub’s resignation last week.

“I am proud to have Ryan join our administration,” said Mayor Ballard. “Ryan has served as President of the City-County Council, as a deputy prosecutor and as an attorney, and our city is very fortunate to have him continue his public service in this new capacity. Ryan has been a key partner in our efforts to balance the city’s budgets, reduce crime, invest hundreds of millions of dollars in our neighborhoods and make Indianapolis a more livable city.”

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