Top Ballard deputy Kintner heading for private sector

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Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard announced several staff changes Friday morning, including the planned departure of Deputy Mayor of Economic Development Deron Kintner, who is heading to the private sector.

City spokesman Marc Lotter said Kintner hasn't yet decided where he'll go. He'll make that decision after he leaves city employment on Sept. 5, Lotter said.

"It's my understandng he wants to take some time off and spend time with family," Lotter added.

Ballard will nominate Adam Collins, deputy director of economic development, to succeed Kintner. The appointment is subject to City-County Council confirmation.

Working for the city since 2008, Collins has been assistant corporation counsel and worked in the Department of Code Enforcement as permits and licensing administrator and deputy director of inspections.

In his role as deputy mayor, Kinter also oversaw the Indianapolis Local Public Improvement Bond Bank, where he was previously director. Ballard named Greg Clark, deputy director of the bond bank under Kintner, as the new director.

Two other top staffers will switch roles.

Ballard will nominate Manny Mendez as director of the Department of Code Enforcement, another job subject to council approval. Mendez has been director of the Office of Audit and Performance, working with city and county agencies to streamline processes and find ways to save money. Current Director of Code Enforcement Rick Powers will be the new director of audit and performance.

"This is an opportunity to put new ideas and new perspectives into both agencies," Lotter said of the switch. 

The nominations will be introduced to the City-County Council at its September meeting, Lotter said. The nominees will work in their new jobs in the meantime.


  • Center Township
    Center Township Population: 337,211 in 1950; 142,787 in 2010. Center Township lost over 24,000 residents between 2000 and 2010, while the "downtown" population barely increased. While there is significant new residential development downtown that will increase downtown population, it will be more than offset by loss of population outside of downtown. Epic failure on many fronts.
  • "Stage props"
    Stage props is the PERFECT description for our downtown. Yes, our downtown is nice (but nothing spectacular), the rest of Center township is in severe decline. The population losses in Center Township have outpaced the poster children of urban decay such as Detroit, Cleveland, St Louis and Pittsburgh. Without the other stage prop of Unigov, people would be including Indianapolis in the same breath as those other cities.
  • Illusion
    I am also a conservative who despises Ballard. Let's keep downtown in perspective. In 1950, the population of Center Township was over 330,000. Today it's about 145,000. Center Township, which defines the urban core, is an epic failure by any reasonable measure. The few square blocks of downtown that have bucked the trend are nothing more than stage props.
  • Question
    Is this a case of the rats leaving the sinking ship?
  • Corporate Welfare City
    And the rest of Center Township has never looked worse. Increased crime in the outer townships. No transparency in public-private deals - deals which pad campaign contributors and shift risk to taxpayers. A constant barrage of tax and fee increases (with more to come). Pushing long-term debt onto future generations for short term gains. No-bid contracts. Piss poor snow removal. Low-quality neighborhood street repaving. Yeah, stellar job. How exactly are we outperforming Midwest peer cities? Cause we ain't outperforming cities like Denver, Austin, Portland or Charlotte.
  • No, Todd
    I'm a Republican and I bash Ballard because he a big spending, big taxing, big borrower just like all those liberals you and I complain about. Ballard has yet to meet a tax he didn't want to raise. He has taken corporate welfare to a new level, spending money like a drunken Marine with a 3 day pass He has no problem engaging in pay-to-play politics, just recently handing out $12 million in no bid consulting contracts to his supporters on the Justice Center project. Ballard has siphoned off money from basic services to hand out to downtown insiders at the expense of everyone else. Ballard now wants to raise my property taxes and income taxes to pay for a liberal pre-K education program.
  • WTH
    So the downtown core has never looked better, we are out performing Midwest peer cities, and people on this board are bashing Ballard because? Oh, I know the answer. Because they are Obama bumper sticker wearing commies!
  • New Job for Crony
    I think most local firms will realize that Ballard is done after the next election, there will few welcome mats out for Kintner.....
  • Ask Ballard
    He'll go wherever Ballard can figure out a way to pay him with public money on a no-bid contract. Most corrupt administration ever.
  • Guess
    Bose, Barnes, Flaherty, Browning, Keystone
  • Hush
    Storm clouds. Read between the lines
  • The rats are jumping ship
    Lotter is full of crap. Dah I think he is taking time off.... What is the over/under he is leaving to go work for a company that has done work (benefitted) either directly or indirectly?

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