Mayor Pete’s Police Chief Pick Clashed With Common Council

It was the winter of 2012, and Mayor Pete Buttigieg was having trouble with his police department.

When he took office as the youngest-ever mayor of South Bend, Ind., at the beginning of the year, Buttigieg vowed to transform the rust belt city with “data-driven decision making.” But so far, his biggest splash has been a racially charged battle over his firing of the popular black police chief Darryl Boykins. That scandal, coupled with an ongoing gun violence plague, led Buttigieg to decide he needed to search outside South Bend for a chief to permanently replace Boykins and “modernize the police department.”

Mayor Pete Flunks Statistics

Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of Indiana’s fourth-largest city (South Bend) and a strong contender in the 2020 Democratic primary, does not believe he would be the first gay president in American history, if elected.