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The mayor is in

By PA

Fort Wayne Reader

2008-07-21


Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry will hold his second “Mayor’s Night In” on July 30th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in his 9th floor offices in downtown’s City-County Building.

The one-on-one meetings allow members of the public to talk with Mayor Henry about whatever is on their mind.

“I enjoy talking to our citizens and listening directly to their concerns,” Mayor Henry says.

If you’re a Fort Wayne resident and you’d like to schedule time to talk to the mayor, call the Mayor’s Public Information Office at (260) 427-1120. Appointments are 10-minutes, and times will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Walk-ins are welcome, but calling to set an appointment is the only way to ensure time with the city’s chief executive.

In addition to the “Mayor’s Night In,” the Mayor is also continuing his series of neighborhood walks in each quadrant of the city. He has already strolled through northeast Fort Wayne. He’ll walk through the southwest quandrant on July 23, visit the southeast part of the city on August 7, and tour northwest on September 25.

FIREWORKS OVER FIRE
Despite objections from the Fire Chief and the Henry Administration, the Fort Wayne City Council appears poised to create a merit board to oversee hiring, promotion and firing of Fort Wayne Firefighters. Councilmembers gave preliminary approval to the merit board idea (supported by the firefighter’s union) by a 7-2 vote.

As currently proposed, the new merit board would have five members. Three members would be appointed by the Mayor. Two woule be selected by firefighters.

However, Fire Chief Pete Kelly argued against the merit board idea saying that the current system for hiring, firing and promotion wasn’t broken.

There are rumblings that Mayor Tom Henry might veto the ordinance if councilmembers send it to his desk. Council could override a veto with six votes.

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