Scrutinized, criticized and second-guessed for much of his 28 months in office, Indianapolis Public Safety Director Frank Straub is calling it quits as of Aug. 1, says the Indianapolis Star. “You wake up one day and decide, ‘That’s it. It’s time to move on,’ ” Straub said. “I’d been thinking about it for a while.” Mayor Greg Ballard hired him from White Plains, N.Y., in 2010. Straub’s letter of resignation signaled the end to a tumultuous reign that saw the centerpiece of his agenda — aggressive police reform — meet with persistent resistance or indifference from the police rank and file.
At the same time, dozens of instances of officer misconduct and Straub’s sometimes biting responses served as a sideshow to that agenda. “Frank Straub’s work set the stage for the Department of Public Safety and all of its divisions to proudly serve this city in a positive fashion for years to come,” Ballard said. “It hasn’t always been easy, but meaningful reform seldom is.” Straub said neither the pressure from the Fraternal Order of Police nor the City-County Council influenced his decision to leave. “The union criticism has been constant and caustic, and it reached such a point of ridiculousness that it didn’t bother me that much,” he said. Grillings before the council about his budget deficit and management style “are part of governing.” Two weeks ago, Police Chief Paul Ciesielski resigned after a crucial piece of evidence in a pending trial involving a police officer was misplaced.