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St. Joe County GOP responds to decision on Chief Ron Teachman

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The following is a press release from the Saint Joseph County Republican Party:

SOUTH BEND, IN (September 25, 2013): This morning, Pat Cottrell announced his decision to resign his post as President of the South Bend Board of Public Safety. Upon hearing the news, Saint Joseph County Republican Party Chairwoman, Deb Fleming described the event as "another example of this Mayor's arrogance and contempt for the people of South Bend."

"He [Mayor Buttigieg] has decided to rule this city in a dictatorial manner, forsaking the input of proven, professional public servants," added Fleming. "Mr. Cottrell has decades of law enforcement experience while the last time I checked, the Mayor had none. If Mr. Cottrell's reading of the Indiana State Police report leads him to believe that disciplinary action against Chief Teachman is required, then that is exactly what should happen."

The GOP pointed out the fact that Mayor Buttigieg has given much different consideration to Chief Teachman's case than he did the case of Chief Boykins.

"The Mayor dismissed Chief Boykins before he even got the results of the investigation saying, and I am paraphrasing here, that any member of the administration who brings about an investigation would be dismissed. That is the opposite of what is happening here and the Mayor is going to great lengths to protect his political appointee," remarked Fleming.

County Republicans are calling for full disclosure in this matter including the release of the original Indiana State Police report. "The public has a right to know," said Fleming. "And the officers who serve under this Chief deserve to know whether or not they can place their trust in him."

For his part, the GOP Executive Director, Jake Teshka said, "Mayor Pete is losing the trust of the people of South Bend, even among the very folks who elected him. I'm not saying that the allegations of racist undertones within the administration are true, but that is certainly the perception in many parts of this community. And when you do some digging on Teachman it seems like he had similar problems with the residents and City Council back in Massachusetts."

"We will continue digging and relentlessly pursue the truth," added Teshka. "That is all that matters and it is what the people of this community deserve."

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