INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Mayor Greg Ballard will soon have to find a replacement for thedirector of public safety.
The current director, Scott Newman, steps down from the positionFriday. Newman made the announcement last week, stating health asthe reason.
Newman said he has other plans as he lives with Parkinson'sDisease.
"I really thought in terms of a two-year commitment to MayorBallard and we laid a good foundation,” Newman said.“There's a lot of long-term things that need to happen fromhere on out."
But after Friday, Newman will shift his focus from public safetyto his personal health. He founded a non-profit organization calledRock Steady Boxing, which offers programs for people withParkinson's.
Newman said, "I was unable to write my name and I was unable totype. I can do all those things now, and really couldn't be publicsafety director if it wasn't for this program."
He's held other city positions, including two terms as MarionCounty prosecutor.
"It is a job that is 24/7,” Newman said of the publicsafety position. “It has such a wide responsibility. Itreally didn't leave much left for me to do other things.[Parkinson's] causes you to focus on the things that you want tostill do while you still have the capacity."
Newman said, "I felt very valued and supported. I really thinkit has helped stave off the progression of my illness. Just feelinglike I have not been thrown on the ash heap, but that I'm stillcontributing and I intend to continue to do so."
In the meantime, he has planned a month-long vacation.
Newman will be on the committee to help Mayor Ballard find hisreplacement.
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