Mayor Tom Henry and Julie Sanchez, Director of Citizen Services, along with the members of the City’s Citizen Services team, will host a Customer Appreciation Day for the public on Monday, Dec. 16 from 2-4 p.m. to thank them for their continual support of the 311 Call Center. Earlier this year, the 311 Call Center was the recipient of two national awards for their outstanding service to the citizens of Fort Wayne. The public is invited to learn more about the call center and enjoy free refreshments.
10 December 2013
DOWNTOWN RIVERFRONT TEAM BEGINS WORK
Fort Wayne, Ind. – The first comprehensive look at Fort Wayne's riverfront development possibilities is now underway. The Downtown Riverfront Development team led by SWA Group is in Fort Wayne for three days to meet with City staff and community leaders.
“We are excited to get the study underway,” said Deputy Director of Planning and Policy Pam Holocher. “The purpose of the study is to look at all the opportunities and challenges that are part of riverfront development. From there, we’ll ask citizens what they want to see along our rivers and create a specific plan for action.”
The Downtown Riverfront Development Study is intended to provide the road map for a world-class investment. Areas of focus will include land use; engineering and infrastructure investment; environmental and ecological issues; watershed and flooding issues; connectivity to trails, downtown and nearby neighborhoods; access to the river; retail; entertainment; and housing.
MAYOR HENRY REINFORCES COMMITMENT TO PUBLIC SAFETY WITH IMPLEMENTATION OF DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC SAFETY POSITION
Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry today reemphasized his commitment to public safety by announcing the City Administration plans to move forward with implementing a Director of Public Safety position.
Joined by several City Council members, Mayor Henry explained that now is the appropriate time to implement the Director of Public Safety position, which was in place under several mayors in past years.
Mayor Henry has chosen Rusty York for the new position. York has served as Police Chief since 2000 and has 36 years of experience in public safety.
Earlier this year, local funds were approved to have police and fire academy classes, which will begin in 2014 and result in additional police officers and firefighters to protect the community. Last week, the City announced it has received a federal COPS grant that will result in more police officers, which will begin in 2015. York will oversee the Fort Wayne Police Department and Fort Wayne Fire Department and be responsible for reviewing and ensuring that staffing levels in the police and fire departments meet the needs of the City. The chiefs of the police and fire departments will report to York.
In addition to overseeing the academy classes, York will lead the efforts for Fort Wayne to receive grant funding for public safety, further enhance collaborative efforts among public safety agencies, mentor public safety employees, and provide direction and input on union negotiations.
“New academy classes, additional funding for public safety, and a renewed commitment to partnering on safety issues with citizens and businesses make this the right time to come together with a Director of Public Safety position,” said Mayor Henry.