In late-September 2017, Buttigieg announced that he would seek Common Council approval to create the new position of Director of Public Safety, which would have oversight over the city's fire and police chiefs.  Such a position had existed previously in South Bend during the mayoralties of Jerry Miller and Peter Nemeth, with the position being eliminated by Nemeth in 1976.  Buttigieg's 2018 budget request earmarked $105,000 for the position's salary, which was notably several thousand dollars greater than either the fire or police chief's salary was at the time.  The plan ran quickly ran into opposition from members of the fire and police forces, including from Dan Demler, president of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 36.  Criticisms included claims that it was "unfair" to both the fire and police chiefs to create an additional layer of bureaucracy between them and the mayor.  Buttigieg was unsuccessful in this effort, with the Common Council rejecting his proposal.