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A lifelong resident of Fort Wayne, Paul Ensley is a graduate of Bishop Dwenger High School (Class of 2008) and an honors graduate from the University of Saint Francis. 

Elected in 2015, he represent Fort Wayne's First District, which is comprised of the northeast area of the city. Paul is currently co-chair of the City Council's City Utilities Committee.

Paul believes in government that works for the people, emphasizing infrastructure and public safety.

 

Councilman Paul Ensley may be contacted at:

10174 Maysville Rd.
Fort Wayne, IN  46835
(260) 255-5176
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(260) 427-2977
200 East Berry Street, Suite 120
Fort Wayne, IN 46802

 

Councilman Jason Arp was elected to represent the residents in Fort Wayne's 4th District in November 2015, and is currently serving as the President of the Fort Wayne City Council.

Jason is the president of J. Arp & Company, LLC, where he has managed a variety of proprietary investments since 2006. Previously he was a Vice President and Fixed Income Trader in Bank of America's Corporate Investments Division in Charlotte, NC. There he specialized in mortgage-backed securities and interest rate derivatives. Before joining the Corporate Investment Division, Jason had stints in Global Corporate Investmen Banking Operations in Chicago, where he managed derivative operations for Balance Sheet Management, and in Mortgage Finance in Charlotte, NC where he did hedge accounting for mortgage servicing rights and secondary marketing.

Jason grew up in an Army family, attending school in Fayetteville, NC, outside Fort Bragg, home of the 82nd Airborne Division. He earned a BSBA in Finance from East Carolina University.

Jason and his wife, Cindy, chose to live in Fort Wayne after leaving BofA in 2006. Cindy grew up in Fort Wayne, graduating from Northrop High School. Jason became fond of Fort Wayne on their many visits while living in Chicago's Lincoln Park. The Arp's have two daughters and enjoy living in southwest Fort Wayne.

Currently, Jason serves as the Co-Chair on the City Council Finance Commitee, and the Fort Wayne Community Legacy Investment Committee.  

Councilman Jason Arp may be reached at:

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(260) 210-0310

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200 East Berry Street, Suite 120
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
(260) 427-2977

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Tom Freistroffer, a native of Fort Wayne, was elected to the City Council in 2015 as a member At-Large. Tom earned a BA in social studies at the University of Notre Dame and a Masters Degree in Education from Indiana Untversity. Tom has 15 years of experience in teaching and education, along with extensive experience in running two businesses, which he finds invaluable while serving on council. Tom is married to Beth, and they are the proud grandparents to 12 grandchildren.

Tom sees serving on Council is a way to give back to the City of Fort Wayne. Says the Councilman, “I hope my experience in business and education and my service on the Council will leave Fort Wayne a better place when I am finished."

Tom has sat on the Board of Zoning Appeals for the City of Fort Wayne along with serving as Chairman of the Regulations Committee on Council in 2016 and Chairman of the City Utilities in 2017. Tom is currently serving at the Vice President of City Council and also served as Vice President in 2017, and as the President of the Council in 2018. Tom has served for two years as the City Council representative on the Plan Commission and has served as President of the Joint Permitting Ovesight Board working with Business Permits and City /County Departments.Tom has served as the Council Representative for GFW on Downtown improvement, along with working diligently with the Greater Comprehensive Plan and the Department of Communtiy Development.

Tom has also served on the Plan commission, as City Councils representative for seven of his eight years on Council . Here Tom works with zoning, new projects, and housing regulations.

Councilman Freistroffer has been elected Council President for the 2024 year.

With his background in business, real estate and education, Tom hopes to bring valuable assets to the City Council table. Paramount for Tom as an elected official, is to bring business and economic development to Fort Wayne; progressing with our riverfront development, supporting public safety and neighborhood infrastructure. As a member of the Fort Wayne Board of Realtors, and a Certified residential appraiser- Tom feels it is important to maintain a strong housing market.

Other issues important to Tom are maintaining a strong, balanced budget, local government transparency, communication and working diligently with all members of City Council.Tom has collaborated with his council colleagues on the following legislation: Chronic Property Property Legislation, design and implementaion of greater concentrated investment in sidewalks alleys, and the riverfront, Legacy debt reserve, updated noise ordinance, as well as supporting funding for The Landing and the Clyde Theatre.Tom has also been instrumental with the Arts community in Fort Wayne, as he introduced the Art Ordinance formulating a Art commission active today in Fort Wayne .

Today Tom is an active member of St. Jude's Parish, and his hobbies include working out, reading, walking, and spending as much time as possible with his children and grandchildren 

 

Councilman Freistroffer may be reached at:

1804 Pemberton
Fort Wayne, IN  46805
(260) 414-5288
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or through the City Council Office at:

200 E. Berry St., Ste. 120
Fort Wayne, IN  46805
(260)427-2977
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Russ Jehl








Russ is honored to be serving on the Fort Wayne City Council and was elected as President of the board for 2016. Fort Wayne is where he and his wife, Monica, grew up. It is the community they happily calI their "home", raising their son William and daughter Anna.

Russ is a graduate of Concordia Lutheran High School and earned his B.A. in Financial Management from Hillsdale College in Michigan. He has 10 years of experience as a broker specializing in retail and commercial real estate leasing with the Bradley Company where he has completed over 300 real estate transactions and represents 14 shopping centers with over 600,000 square feet of space. 

In his position as an elected official, Russ currently serves as co-chair of the City Council's City Utilities Committee and is the Council's appointee to the HANDS board as well as the Solid Waste Committee. 

Other volunteer memberships and services include Fort Wayne Sports Corporation Board, Parkview Health Network Select Committee, Junior Achievement-High School Economics, Concordia High School volunteer assistant Varsity Soccer Coach and recipient of the Neal T.Shank award for community service.

Professional affiliations include Indiana Commercial Board of Realtors, International Council of Shopping Centers, Indiana Commercial Real Estate Exchange and Northeast Indiana Commercial Industrial Brokers.

Russ and his family are members of Fellowship Missionary Church where they are active in a variety of volunteer outreach programs.

Russ always looks forwarded to serving the constituents of the city's 2nd District.

 

Councilman Russ Jehl may be contacted at:

260.255.4580
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200 E. Berry St., Ste. 120
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
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As Councilman, Geoff Paddock works for the residents of the 5th District. A Fort Wayne native, Geoff has built an unmatched record of public service and commitment to strong values. As the Executive Director of the Headwaters Park Flood Control Project, Geoff has brought people, jobs, and economic growth to Fort Wayne.

The Executive Director of Headwaters Park, Geoff led the project that transformed 30 acres downtown into a beautiful park, festival center, and ice skating rink. Drawing over 500,000 people to the heart of Fort Wayne each year, Headwaters Park cost taxpayers little while creating jobs and economic growth downtown.

As former President of the Board of Trustees of Fort Wayne Community Schools, Geoff has been a strong proponent of public education and has worked efficiently with a budget of over $250 million.

Serving on the Northeast Indiana Passenger Rail Association (NIPRA), Geoff led the fight to include Fort Wayne on the proposed passenger rail route from Chicago to Pittsburgh. He will continue to work to make sure Indiana does not fall behind as plans advance to build a modern passenger rail network across America. He also was a key sponsor of the Electric Works Project in the heart of the fifth district.

Geoff serves on the Urban Enterprise Association board of directors as part of his City Council assignment. He also serves the Mayor's Opportunity Action Council, the Regional Planning Council on Homelessness, and the Solid Waste Advisory Board.  In 2015, he was appointed to the Board of Trustees of Indiana Tech. Geoff was awarded the Sagamore of the Wabash by Gov. Evan Bayh, received the Charles B. Redd Voter Empowerment Award by the NAACP in 2014 and was given a Community Achievement Award by theDepartment of Public Policy, Indiana/Purdue University at Fort Wayne, 2015.

Now in his fourth term of office, Geoff serves as Co-Chair on the City Council's Public Works Committee.

Geoff is a lifelong resident of Fort Wayne with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. He is the author of two books; Headwaters Park, Fort Wayne’s Lasting Legacy (2002) and Indiana Political Heroes (2008). He has also taught at PFW and for the Junior Achievement program in our public schools.  Geoff is a member of First Presbyterian Church

 

Councilman Geoff Paddock may be reached at:

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3744 S. Washington Road Fort Wayne, IN 46802


or through the City Council Office at:

200 E. Berry St., Ste. 120
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802
(260) 427-2977
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