By: Liz Gelardi
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Sept 12, 2014) - Ryan Vaughn has made a name for himself in the world of local government politics.
Word spread early Friday morning that Vaughn was leaving his position as Chief of Staff for Mayor Greg Ballard. Vaughn accepted a job as President of the Indiana Sports Corporation.
The former City-County Council member and council president has served as Ballard's Chief of Staff for more than two years. His departure raises questions about whether or not Ballard plans to run for mayor again.
"You'll have to talk to him about that. I don't believe he has yet. We talk about it frequently, we do. I know he talks with his wife about it quite a bit but it's a process that he's going to go through," said Vaughn.
The announcement from Vaugh comes in the midst of budget talks. Vaughn said he called the City-County Council president, vice president and minority leader to let them know about his decision. He also pledged his commitment to seeing the budget process through. The mayor's early childhood education plan is one key item that has yet to receive council approval.
The Marion County Republican Party dismissed any connection between Vaughn's departure and the mayor's future.
"Well I don't think the two things are related at all so it doesn't really mean anything as it relates to the mayor," said Kyle Walker, Chairman of the Marion County Republicans.
Vaughn spoke at a press conference announcing his new role with Indiana Sports Corp. He called his the new job a great opportunity.
"Not something I wanted to pass up but it really is no comment at all on what the mayor's future is. The mayor will make that decision and the announcement when it's time but my leaving shouldn't be anymore of a reflection of his decision than my coming was a reflection of his decision," Vaughn.
Vaughn's last day with the city will be October 24. He will spend the next six weeks working with the mayor to find his replacement.
Another member of the Ballard administration left his post last week. Deron Kintner gave up the title Deputy Mayor for Economic development to pursue a career in the private sector.