South Bend

South Bend Mayor Returns After Service In Afghanistan

Oct 8, 2014
City of South Bend /

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg is back to work after a deployment to Afghanistan.

Buttigieg served six months with the Afghan Threat Finance Cell, which is a counter-terrorism unit specializing in the link with narcotics funding and the insurgency.

Buttigieg says he took a week off before resuming his duties as Mayor.

He says the transition is a big one, since he served as a junior officer trying to take care of his commander and worrying about "very different things than I worry about here."

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A smoking ban has been rejected by South Bend‘s Common Council.

The bill would have gone a step further than the state‘s ban by prohibiting smoking in bars and private clubs. The vote was 5 to 4.