Indianapolis city-county councilors retain council leadership heading into 2021

The Indianapolis City-County Council once again elected Democrat Vop Osili as its president and Zach Adamson as vice president Monday, continuing a relatively stable period of governance for the council. 

The unanimous vote marks Osili’s fourth stint as council leader. He was first elected in February 2018 to replace council member Stephen Clay, who resigned from the presidency just several weeks into his tenure during a tumultuous, divisive time for the legislative body.  

Nearly three years later, Osili once again thanked his colleagues for placing their confidence in him as a leader. 

Indianapolis City County Council President, Vop Osili speaks during a press conference announcing the launch of the Growing with Accelerated Payment, or "GAP' program, during a press conference at Innovation Hub, 16 Tech, 1220 Waterway Blvd. Indianapolis, on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. GAP is a contractor development program designed to increase the opportunity for bids by minority-owned contractors, known as 'XBE's,' through the Indy Chamber's 'BOI' program, or Business Ownership Initiative.

“I do not take this trust lightly, and I am grateful for the privilege to continue to serve as both councilor and council president,” said Osili, who represents District 11 encompassing parts of Downtown and the near west side. “I look forward to working with all of you in 2021 to ensure that each of our city’s residents have every opportunity to live safe, healthy and prosperous lives.”

Democratic council member Zach Adamson, who represents the District 17 area of Downtown and Massachusetts Avenue, was also re-elected as vice president. 

District 17 councilor Zach Adamson chats with guests during a meet and greet at Young and Laramore ad agency in Indianapolis on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. The event, hosted by the Damien Center and Indy Pride, introduced attendees to four recently elected LGBTQ-identifying City-County councilors and offered a chance to ask them questions.

“This past year has been an interesting year. We’ve seen a great deal of suffering, sickness and death, social justice awakenings, political unrest,” he said. “Of course we should have known that 2020 would not go quietly into the night, but rather kicking and screaming and refusing to let any of us move on. But through all of this I’ve seen this body rise to the challenges put before us, and we’ve done this with commitment and determination that has become the hallmark of this council.” 

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