Tom Henry is serving in his second term as Mayor of Fort Wayne. Leading Indiana’s second largest city, Mayor Henry is making government the best it can be for residents and businesses by demonstrating a commitment to engagement, innovation, and performance.
Mayor Henry has a strong record of successes in neighborhood infrastructure improvements, downtown development, job creation, business expansions, advances in public safety, and enhancements to the City’s world-class park system.
Before being elected Mayor, he served from 1983-2003 on Fort Wayne City Council, representing northwest Fort Wayne.
Mayor Henry has lived in Fort Wayne almost all his life and began his career in the private sector as CEO of a group purchasing organization serving hospitals. He then went on to become a successful small business owner of a local insurance agency and healthcare consulting firm.
Highlights of successes under Mayor Henry’s leadership since he took office January 1, 2008:
-Completion of the Harrison Square downtown development (Parkview Field, Courtyard by Marriott hotel, and The Harrison mixed-use facility with housing and retail)
-Light Lease Settlement between the City of Fort Wayne and Indiana Michigan Power
-Creation of the Legacy fund to provide catalytic investment, leverage additional resources, and benefit residents. The fund is expected to grow to nearly $100 million at the end of 2025.
-Purchase of Aqua Indiana’s southwest water utility that allows for all City residents to have City Utilities water
-Ash Skyline Plaza downtown development project that includes a parking garage, the national corporate headquarters for Ash Brokerage, and a residential component. Construction on the nearly $100 million project is underway.
-Since 2011, 104 companies have expanded, 16 new companies made Fort Wayne home, 101,000 jobs were retained, 5,100 jobs were created, and there was a total private investment of more than $960 million
-A commitment to public safety, which has included multiple academy classes for the Fort Wayne Police and Fire departments, enhanced technology, and a 70% reduction in the number of homicides in 2014
-Creation of the Fiscal Policy Group that resulted in additional funding for more police officers and firefighters, maintenance projects throughout the Parks and Recreation system, and a record amount of neighborhood infrastructure improvement projects in all four quadrants of the City that totaled over $20 million in 2014. More than $20 million will be invested in neighborhoods again in 2015.
-Completion of the first-ever Riverfront Development Study to provide an outline for the opportunity for a world-class river development in the heart of the city
-Completion of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Bridge in downtown Fort Wayne
-The successful merger of Fort Wayne and Allen County 911 communications services
-Expansion of the 311 call center to provide efficient and effective services to residents and businesses
-The SmartGov transparency initiative, using new methods and technologies to make government more open, effective and responsive
-Expansion of the greenways and trails system to 85 miles
A 1970 graduate of Fort Wayne Central Catholic High School, Mayor Henry earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology and his MBA from the University of Saint Francis. He is also an Army veteran.
One of 17 children, Mayor Henry and his wife, Cindy, have been married since 1975. They have two grown children and two grandchildren and are members of Most Precious Blood Church.