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Saturday, November 12, 2005

Marion County Sheriff Switches Sides; Backs Merger Idea After Changes

Merged Indy Police/Marion Sheriff Would Be Under Sheriff's Direction

Marion County Sheriff Frank J. Anderson announced Friday that he will now back a merger ordinance before the Indianapolis City-County Council that would combine the Indianapolis City Police and his Department.

Anderson, a Democrat, has been a vocal opponent before Friday of the merger proposal by Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson, a fellow Democrat.

The Sheriff, according the the Indianapolis Star story, says that numerous negotiated changes made to the legislation have made it acceptable. Among those changes is a delay in the implementation date to allow for more planning and provision that puts the elected Sheriff in essential charge of the Department when the merger is completed.

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