Carl lobbies in Indiana and Washington, DC. His major lobbying matters in Indianapolis include the Citizens Energy Group water purchase, the City’s parking meter deal, the soccer stadium, and mass transit, among others. Carl has been recognized in the Indianapolis Business Journal and The Indianapolis Star as an effective lobbyist.
Carl was elected Center Township Trustee of Marion County, Indiana in 1996 after the Hon. Julia Carson was elected to the U. S. House of Representatives. He was the youngest African-American to hold a political office at that time in Marion County, in either political party. Carl served as deputy trustee under Hon. Carson from 1991-1993 and from 1993-1996, he served as the chief deputy constable, Center Township Small Claims Court. Carl also has over 20 years of experience in law enforcement.
As the Trustee of Center Township, Carl managed a $12 million budget and approximately 102 employees. His responsibilities included feeding, clothing, and providing shelter for the underserved in Center Township. His concern for the less fortunate keeps him searching for ways to improve the relief system, yet not to increase tax burdens for the taxpayers of Center Township. His goals and aspirations extend far into the 21st Century and beyond.
At the Center Township Trustee’s Office, there were several plans to put the able-bodied men and women, who seek assistance, to work at various locations around Marion County. Carl’s motto was “I am here in this office to give them a hand up, not a hand out.” He continued a practice that former Trustee Julia Carson initiated in the early 1990s, a one-stop shop. Not only did Carl have the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office and Division of Family and Children onsite, he had a Payee Program. He credits most of his success to his employees and management personnel.