Top Ballard deputy Kintner heading for private sector

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.

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