The Southport City Council took appropriate action Sept. 18 regarding council President Shara Hostetler and her continual lapse in performing her responsibilities.
Relieving Ms. Hostetler of the presidency was the result of many negligent and careless acts of no-shows, no unity, no votes and no effort.
Further, with the article in The Indianapolis Star (“Official sues over gun seizure”) that same day, the council was left with no choice but to terminate her tenure to preserve the healing that this city is needing in light of Lt. Aaron Allan’s passing.
Councilors Joe Haley, Kenny Winslow and I voted to remove Hostetler from the office of president. The majority of the council stood up and took action at a critical time. Their action demonstrated that they care about integrity, ethics and a willingness to learn and actively participate in Southport city government.
To the critics who believe this was a response in favor of Police Chief Thomas Vaughn, they are incorrect, and their comments are likely politically motivated.
We were disappointed that Ms. Hostetler allowed her lack of wisdom and timing to jeopardize the integrity of the council. The office of president is important and should be carried out with professionalism.
The fact that the vote was not planned or published on the agenda indicates our disappointment and called for us to take quick action.
The council will vote to fill the position at its next meeting.
Southport City Council councilor