Mayor Joe Hogsett has put his own stamp on the Capital Improvement Board, replacing five of the six mayoral appointees tapped by predecessor Greg Ballard.
The board, which owns Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Victory Field, Lucas Oil Stadium and the Indiana Convention Center, is the body that oversees the city’s relationships with the pro sports teams that play in these taxpayer-funded facilities. It is essentially controlled by the mayor, who appoints six of the nine total board members. All of their terms expire this month.
Among those Hogsett replaced was board president Earl Goode, chief of staff for former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels. Hogsett kept General Hotels Group CEO James Dora Jr. on the board.
The other new faces on the board are Cummins Inc. general manager and former mayoral candidate Melina Kennedy, Krieg DeVault LLP partner David Corbitt, longtime St. Margaret’s Hospital Guild member Mary Ann Fagan, IBEW union vice president David Ruhmkorff and Taft Stettinus and Hollister LLP partner Michael Terrell.
“These individuals bring many years of civic experience to the CIB,” Hogsett said Friday afternoon in a prepared statement. “As stewards of some of Indianapolis’ great public facilities, I know they will continue to invest in our city’s growth and care for the unique assets that make Indianapolis a thriving destination for millions of visitors each year.”
Mayoral appointees Carolene Mays, Jay Potesta, David Shane and Milton Thompson will also leave the board as the result of Hogsett’s appointments.
Brenda Myers, who is appointed by commissioners from surrounding counties, is expected to stay on for another term, according to a Capital Improvement Board staff member. IBJ couldn’t immediately reach Marion County Commissioners or the City-County Council to find out if their appointees, Douglas Brown and Council President Maggie Lewis, respectively, will stay on the board.