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Buttigieg gives first State of the City Address

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Mayor Pete Buttigieg gave his first State of the City Wednesday night but his first 100 days haven't been without controversy.  His decision to demote Police Chief Darryl Boykins is getting backlash from the council and the community. 

The mayor didn't discuss the issue too much during his State of the City.  In fact, he only spent a couple of minutes on that during his almost hour long speech.  Just 100 days in and already he's facing some harsh criticism for his demotion of Darryl Boykins from Chief to Captain.

Marion Sims said, "it's a growing pattern of injustice a continuing saga of unfairness that is representative of first 100 days."  While Samuel Brown said, "he's divided the city something awful." And Rev. Greg Brown said, "if you can't have communication with the city council how can you have communication with your city?"

The mayor addressed the police department controversy by saying he did what was best for the city, even though he knew it wouldn't be a popular decision. "I knew it would be difficult that it would potentially be unpopular and likely misunderstood.  And because there were and still are serious confidentiality issues limiting what I could say about the matter, I knew that I would have to bite my tongue while opening the door to the potential for confusion and rumor." 

The mayor also talked about moving the city forward. He wants to increase public safety.  Get the community more involved in the school system, knock down abandoned homes, and hold the city government to a higher level of transparency. And that ties back to the police chief issue.

After the speech the mayor said while he wants to be as transparent as possible he simply can't discuss this.  In fact he said,"It drives me nuts just like it drives other people nuts."

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