The Lake County Council is preparing to move ahead with its takeover of the county's purchasing department from the Lake County Commissioners, despite a pending legal challenge aimed at stopping it.
The Lake County commissioners are asking Judge John Sedia to reconsider his April 16 ruling transferring control of the county's purchasing and data purchasing departments to the Lake County Council.
An exterior door at the Lake County Government Center is the latest source of conflict between the county council and Sheriff Oscar Martinez Jr. on one side, and the county commissioners on the other.
Matthew Fech, attorney for the county's three-member executive board, said Friday there is much more to the story than the sheriff disclosed in a news release blaming ICU Monitoring.
A Lake County judge soon will decide whether the county council or board of county commissioners is legally entitled to control county government purchasing and data processing.
Senate Enrolled Act 35 reinstates the process for the Lake County Commissioners to veto an ordinance approved by the Lake County Council, and for the council to override the commissioners' veto.
The commissioners voted 3-0 at a special meeting Wednesday to purchase 18 new Ford police utility vehicles from Bosak Ford for $35,352.50 per vehicle.
The legal issue at the center of an unprecedented lawsuit filed by the Lake County Council against the Lake County Commissioners could be resolved by the Indiana General Assembly.
The legislative and executive branches of Lake County government are continuing to clash over various purchases requested by the Lake County sheriff.
The Lake County commissioners are putting off action on most sheriff's office purchasing while a separation-of-powers lawsuit between the county council and commissioners is pending.
Lake County Sheriff Oscar Martinez Jr. is asserting his equipment purchase requests — deferred Wednesday by the county commissioners — are essential for maintaining public safety.