Southsider Voice correspondent
Beech Grove Clerk-Treasurer Dan McMillan takes pride in serving the city whose voters elected him in November 2011.
Serving on the same administration as Mayor Dennis Buckley, McMillan is known for adding greatly to the transparency of city government through beechgrove.com, which is updated consistently by volunteers. The site arguably is a prime example that other municipalities could easily follow.
City Council and board agendas and the city’s financial records are posted by McMillan, as well as the full texts of approved and pending resolutions, and minutes from council and Board of Works and Public Safety meetings are posted as quickly as possible.
He takes his duties seriously, stating at the July 7 council meeting: “My job is to safeguard the monies entrusted to my office and provide better customer service to the citizens of Beech Grove.”
With 2015 budget talks under way, McMillan is not necessarily the most-liked city official, especially after receiving data on the city’s projected revenues from federal, state and local sources.
“I try to provide a budget each year that is responsible and in the best interest of the citizens,” he said. “Consequently, when you tell people in government ‘no,’ you’re not a popular person.”
McMillan came under fire in an internal investigation authorized by the council in April. He bullied and verbally harassed former city employees, according to the report by the law firm of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart. Some department heads told investigators that they limit their interaction with McMillan.
“I deny any and all accusations made in this report. I call it a witch hunt,” said McMillan, who noted that he was not interviewed.
The firm recommended that any further action be taken by the council. The report cost approximately $6,000 and has not been paid.
Councilor David Mobley said the cost was a waste of taxpayers’ dollars.
Councilor Ed Bell said at the meeting that he would form a bipartisan committee to come up with a code of conduct for elected officials.
Bell recently came under criticism by former Clerk-Treasurer Chris Duffer for accepting free tickets to an Indianapolis Indians game from Crossroads Engineering. Bell announced at the meeting that he has reimbursed the company for the cost of the tickets and food.
Mobley remains on the council after being found guilty earlier in Marion (County) Superior Court of patronizing a prostitute, a Class A misdemeanor, from an incident on East Washington Street in March 2012. The court sentenced him to a 361-day suspended sentence and 40 hours of community service.
Buckley has asked for Mobley’s resignation twice since charges were filed.