The president of the Anderson Board of Parks and Recreation faces removal from office, and a hearing has been set next week in which Mayor Kris Ockomon will serve as the hearing officer.

Darin Foltz, who was appointed to the board by Ockomon, will be the subject of a public hearing regarding his removal, according to notice provided by the city on Monday. The hearing will take place at 9 a.m. Friday, July 23.

“I have received written notice, but I don’t want to discuss specifics,” Foltz said in a telephone interview Monday. “But I do deny all charges.”

“The charges are being levied by the administration,” he said.

Anderson public information officer Tammy Bowman said, “There have been some complaints” about Foltz. “It’s the mayor’s statutory obligation to look into those.”

Bowman did not provide copies of written complaints regarding Foltz on Monday after such documents were requested. Ockomon was not in his office on Monday and did not return telephone messages seeking comment. City attorney Tim Lanane also did not return phone messages seeking comment.

Foltz said he would not provide copies of the complaints, and that he would defer to the city to do so.

Members of park boards in Indiana cities such as Anderson are appointed by mayors. According to statute, they “may not be removed from office except upon charges preferred in writing before the executive, with a hearing held on them.”

Indiana Code says there are only three permissible reasons for the removal of a park board member: inefficiency, neglect of duty, or malfeasance in office.

Contact Dave Stafford: 648-4250, dave.stafford@heraldbulletin.com

 

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