(La Porte County, IN) - A local official is standing by the decision to bring back the La Porte County attorney.
At the first of the year, Shaw Friedman was rehired ad county attorney by a two to one vote by the La Porte Commissioners. Commissoner Rich Mrozinski, a Republican, says Friedman, a Democrat, has a vast number of contacts and expertise to get things done and it shows in many areas like progress at Kingsbury Industrial Park and a new truck stop projected to go up this year on U.S 421 outside Michigan City.
Mrozinski says his decisions are guided by what’s best, not politics. “If that offends people, I’m sorry. I don’t work for the parties. I work for the people and this is what’s best for the people. I will stand by my conviction,” Mrozinski said.
New commissioner Joe Haney, a Republican, voted not to rehire Friedman. Haney and Friedman engaged in a somewhat heated debate during Wednesday’s county commissioners meeting and other meetings prior to Haney being elected. “I am worried and I am troubled by some of the things I’ve seen in my 20 days in office. I truly am. I have concerns about undue influences exerting themselves over the power of the commission,” he said.
Mrozinski also said Friedman often gives credit to others for his successes in the legal arena that benefit the county.