Indianapolis Animal Control deputy chief Marcus Brown fired

INDIANAPOLIS - The deputy chief of Indianapolis Animal Care and Control has been fired, Call 6 Investigator Kara Kenney has learned.

The termination of Marcus Brown comes as the second round of disciplinary action in 2014 for a higher up in the agency.

As the Call 6 Investigators reported, IACC Chief Administrator Dan Shackle served a two day, unpaid suspension for his actions during a sweep of animal shelters and businesses on January 15.

Brown declined to go into detail about why he was fired, but said it came as a shock.

“The things they told me I was being terminated for had never been brought up for as a concern,” said Brown, who had been on administrative leave since January 22nd and was fired Friday.

Deputy Chief Brown had been with IACC for three years and handled more than 100 animal abuse and neglect cases for the city.

 “I’m hurt and disappointed,” said Brown. “I really like the job and I thought I was good at the job.”

Brown was also a frequent fixture in media coverage about animal abuse.

"In 3 years I think we made substantial changes with media relations, going from a bunch of negative stories to working with the media and getting positive results,” said Brown.  “My employees were pleased with how I treated them with respect and dignity. I’m just very disappointed in how this thing has been handled”

Brown said he was told the Human Resources investigation would take about 2 weeks, but instead, it ended up taking 10 weeks.

Brown said he was never suspended, and used vacation time for much of his administrative leave.            

He also said he requested four people to be interviewed as part of the HR investigation including the city prosecutor, union president and two IACC employees.

 “None of those people were interviewed,” said Brown.

Kenney attempted to contact Administrator Shackle, as well as other officials at the Department of Public Safety Sunday about the firing, but has yet to hear back.

Animal Care and Control has faced its share of turnover and turmoil in recent years.

Chief Teri Kendrick submitted her resignation in 2011 .

Amber Myers was appointed to take over IACC, but then left in September 2012.

She is married to former Public Safety Director Frank Straub.

Myers and Straub now live in Spokane, Wash., where Straub serves as police chief.

Dan Shackle replaced Myers as head of IACC.

 

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