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Fort Wayne, Indiana

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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General information
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Mayor:Tom Henry
Mayor party:Democratic
Last mayoral election:2011
Next mayoral election:2015
Last city council election:2011
Next city council election:2015
City council seats:9
2014-2015 FY Budget:$182 million
City website
Composition data
Population in 2013:256,496
Gender:51.6% Female
Race:White 73.6%
African American 15.4%
Asian 3.3%
Two or More 3.5%
Ethnicity:Hispanic or Latino 8.0%
Median household income:$44,599
High school graduation rate:88.0%
College graduation rate:25.6%
Related Fort Wayne offices
Indiana Congressional Delegation
Indiana State Legislature
Indiana state executive offices
Fort Wayne is a city in Allen County, Indiana. As of 2013, its population was 256,496.[1]

City government

See also: Mayor-council government

The city of Fort Wayne utilizes a "strong mayor" and city council system. In this form of municipal government, the city council serves as the city's primary legislative body and the mayor serves as the city's chief executive.[2]


The mayor serves as the city's chief executive, and is responsible for proposing a budget, signing legislation into law, appointing departmental directors and committee members and overseeing the city's day-to-day operations. The mayor also represents the city on the state, national and international levels.[2] Tom Henry is the current Mayor of Fort Wayne.[3]

City Council

The Fort Wayne City Council is the city's primary legislative body. It is responsible for approving and adopting the city budget, levying taxes and making or amending city laws and policies.[4]


The city council consists of nine members. Three are elected at-large, while the other six are elected by the city's six districts.[4]

A full list of city council members can be found here.

Commissions, boards and committees

A series of advisory boards and commissions that are made up of non-elected citizens, whom city council members have appointed and approved, advises the Fort Wayne City Council. The roles of these boards and commissions are to review, debate and comment upon city policies and legislation and to make recommendations to the city council.[5]

For a full list of Lincoln's commissions, boards and committees, see here.



See also: Fort Wayne, Indiana municipal elections, 2015

The city of Fort Wayne, Indiana will hold elections for mayor and city council on November 3, 2015. A primary election will take place on May 5, 2015. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 6, 2015. All nine city council seats are up for election.[6]


Fort Wayne's adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2014 was $182 million.[7]

Contact information

City of Fort Wayne
Citizens Square
200 East Berry St., Suite 425
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Phone: (260) 427-8311

To contact individual council members, see here.


In 2013, Fort Wayne's federal lobbying related expenses amounted to approximately $80,000.[8] The issues for which the city filed in 2013, as well as the number of reports, can be seen in the box below. The issues column lists the generic issues that lobbyists working for local governments are required by law to disclose on quarterly federal disclosure forms.[9][10] The reports column gives the number of reports lobbyists filed in regards to each generic issue. To learn more about the details of the specific issues for which Fort Wayne filed reports, read the federal disclosure forms by clicking the "Issues" links in the box below.

Federal Lobbying Issues, 2013
Reports Issues
4 Fed Budget & Appropriations
4 Environment & Superfund
4 Transportation
4 Utilities
2 Natural Resources

Ballot measures

See also: Allen County, Indiana ballot measures

The city of Fort Wayne is in Allen County. A list of ballot measures in Marion County is available here.

Initiative process

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Indiana

No initiative and referendum process of any kind is available in Indiana local governments for local ballot measures.


Funding Status for Pensions[11]
Fund Unfunded Actuarial Accrued Liability (UAAL) UAAL as a Percentage of Covered Payroll
Public Employees' Retirement Fund $31,955,519 65%
Police Officers' Pension Plan $113,543,840 14,518%
Firefighters' Pension Plan $97,902,419 195,414%
Sanitary Officers' Pension $6,192,873 N/A

Website evaluation

Elected Officials
Administrative Officials
Permits, zoning
Lobbying N
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Public Records N
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Local Taxes

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Transparency grading process

See also: Evaluation of Indiana city websites

This website was reviewed on November 9, 2011.

The good

  • City council members are listed with election and contact information.[12]
  • Council meetings are posted, with schedules, agendas, and minute archives.[13]
  • Bid information is posted.[14]
  • Budgets and audits are posted, with archives.[15]
  • Local tax rates are posted in the "Fort Wayne at a Glance" section of the Budget in Brief.[16]
  • Zoning maps are posted.
  • Building permits are posted.[17]
  • Contact information is posted on department pages.

The bad

  • No information is posted on government sector lobbying.
  • No information is posted on public records requests.

See also

External links