City-county councilor avoids ethics charge over public safety votes

INDIANAPOLIS - Ethics charges against an Indianapolis city-county councilor were dropped Thursday in a unanimous decision by the ethics committee.

District 9 Councilman Joe Simpson (D) was accused of committing an ethics violation when he refused to recuse himself from voting on public safety issues despite having an open lawsuit against the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.

An ethics committee meeting scheduled to discuss the matter Thursday lasted just minutes, ending in a unanimous vote to drop ethics charges against Simpson.

The meeting followed a closed-door executive session by the ethics committee.

No public comment was heard at the meeting, and councilors did not discuss reasons for dismissing the charges.

The committee is made up of three Democrats and three Republicans, and chaired by Council Member At-Large Pamela Hickman (D).

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