Jim Coleman, chief of staff for Sen. Greg Ball, R-Carmel, has issued a statement explaining how a letter thanking the senator for his assistance came to be published in a local newspaper. A “young staffer” working for Ball said the letter was given to the newspaper with the constituent’s permission but has apologized to the family and is on temporary probation, according to the statement.
This is what Coleman wrote:
“The bottom-line is that this office moved heaven and earth to help this family, and it is an absolute fact that the letter printed was the actual and unedited letter provided to our staffer by this constituent.
“While this has become a ‘he said, she said’ our office has proactively apologized for any miscommunication, taken the extra step of placing this young staffer in question on temporary probation, had this staffer issue a formal apology to the family and instituted protocols to protect against future failures in communication.
“It must be repeated, however, that while we do not question the integrity or political purposes of the constituents involved, our young staffer affirms that Ms. Fields letter was distributed with her authorization. Indeed, we have provided the original letter from this constituent, thanking Senator Ball for his work on behalf of this family, to the public.
“We will continue to represent Senator Ball in a professional manner by working hard for this family and all of Senator Ball’s constituents.”