Mayor, excuse me, former Mayor Scott King of Gary has now pulled the ultimate scam on NWI. Every word out of his mouth is either a lie or a self serving unethical put-on the citizenry of NWI.
He has set up Gary, and by association NWI, to come under the control of the most incompetent and corrupt official, Dozier Allen, the former Trustee of Calumet Township. Some people will say that the naming of Dozier Allen is better than former East Chicago Mayor Robert Pastrick; but that is not true. First, Allen was directly rejected three times by the voters of Gary and like a bad penny he is back through the back door as a slap in the face delivered by the thief King. Second, Allen ran the most corrupt and bloated organization in NWI even surpassing East Chicago in its prime.
Scott King's explanation lacks the ring of truth and is the most insensitive and grotesque explanation to give to a city such as Gary. What was explained with a straight face and was uncritically reported by the press is the he cannot afford to get his three children higher education on the $107,000 per year he was making as mayor of Gary. This is a slap in the face of the majority of hard working people in Gary who are providing for their children, including higher education, while making a lot less than the mayor's salary. One has to remember how insensitive, or drunk, Scott King must have been when one realizes that Gary probably has the lowest median family income in the State.
Secondly, it was factually just a big fat lie because he really makes about $200,000 per year in his capacity as mayor. He seems to have conveniently forgotten the approximate $70,000 his wife is paid annually from his campaign funds as a "consultant". So now he cannot afford higher education when he is making $200,000. No one who has had three children believes this. One of his children is attending Indiana University Northwest. That costs about $7,000 per year. His son goes to a small school in the South. His youngest daughter does not start school until the fall when he would have only a year left to be mayor and be able to leave his position with honor rather than as the slithering eel that he is perceived.
One also needs to ask as to the moral character of the children that he and his wife have raised. By example, his wife would not let him fire her friend the deputy mayor who was charged with lying to the FBI even after King fired two other people who broke the same law. What kind of children would let their father quit as mayor so that they can get supported when they are adults. I guess part of that is explained by the fact that one of his daughters has a child floating on stage with no father in sight.
It is beyond all reason that neither Scott King nor his wife nor their pampered children could not feel the insensitive irony of this so-called leader telling the poorest of the poor that we, the Kings, cannot get by on $200,000 per year. What kind of human beings are these?
Scott King has shown himself to be the personification of unethical behavior. His flippant rejection of his responsibility to the people of Gary when he took this office of Mayor, including the fact that he always knew what the salary was going to be and how many children he had, speaks volumes about his incapability of moving Gary ahead during most of his three terms in office. He has also admitted that he is going to pursue the benefits accrued to him by his public service. He is now going to the other side and collecting his payback as a consultant. This keeps him consistent with the unethical tradition of NWI politicos.
Where are all the so called ethical specialists? Who has their tongue now? The problem is they want part of the action that Scott King is going after. So why criticize? Scott King made all of his connections and created all of his value as a public servant. That is where he developed the Marquette Plan, the Gary Airport, and the Regional Development Authority (RDA). These were ostensibly created for the benefit of Gary and NWI; not for the financial benefit of Mr. Scott King.
Now King is going to turn that so called public good into a private gain as a consultant to the RDA on all of these programs. Let us be clear -- the RDA has no need for a consultant whose only experience is as a lawyer and as an incompetent mayor. In spite of what lawyers think, a law degree does not qualify you to do everything. The only reason to hire King as a consultant is to give a "legal" payback. That is completely unethical and it should be called on the carpet by all those individuals who have been shoving ethics down other public officials throats.
At its very basic tenant, ethical behavior as a public official requires that you do not privately benefit from your public training and responsibilities. That is exactly what Scott King is doing. If he did it while he was mayor he would be in jail because it would be illegal, doing it after suddenly resigning is unethical.
Scott King remains a renowned scoundrel for being incompetent as mayor and then holding his position hostage for pay to play after he leaves office.