INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Carl Drummer plans to step down from his post as Center TownshipTrustee. Drummer may be the most recognizable township officeholderin Indiana and he leaves in the middle of a fight over the futureof township government.
For the past 12 years, Carl Drummer administered the emergencypoor relief at the Center Township Trustee's Office. It's a job helearned from the late Julia Carson, who used the trustee's officeas a launching pad to Congress. Drummer leaves it at a time whenthe mayor advocates doing away with township government -- aposition that echoes that of the governor, whose Kernan-Shepardreport calls for the county to take over the duties of the trustee.
"I've been a trustee for 12 years. Eleven of those years Ihave lowered taxes in Center Township when it comes to poorrelief," said Drummer.
In a radio interview, Drummer touted his record. At the sametime, he insisted that he's not running from a fight.
"At the end of the day I'd like to think this gives me a biggervoice, better opportunity," said Drummer.
He takes a new job next month as a lobbyist with the law firmIce Miller.
"Township government, in my opinion, is much needed. But also, Ihave an opportunity to go on and do some bigger and better thingsand also continue to advocate for township government," saidDrummer.
He also gives up the position of President of the UnitedTownship Association. Drummer hopes to be replaced by DeputyTrustee Bill Douglas, but it's not up to him to decide. A specialelection by precinct committeemen will fill the vacancy.
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