Waynedale Politial Commentaries

What are your Waynedale (Fort Wayne), Indiana politicians working on for you? Local, regional and state wide politics can be found here written by your elected officials.

Think about plants. They all have certain requirements necessary for life and growth. For a healthy plant you need light, air, and water; the right temperature; and a good balance of minerals and nutrients in the soil. Conditions that lack any of those elements will make for poor development, reduced production, and maybe even the death of the plant. And plants are all different. Some require lots of sunshine, while others love the shade. Some need a lot of water, and others, like the cactus...

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Indiana Auditor Suzanne Crouch recently released the end-of-year financial data for the state’s 2016 fiscal year, which concluded on June 30.

As Hoosiers have come to expect, Indiana ended the fiscal year with its books balanced and a strong reserve balance in place to protect taxpayers as well as core services like schools, roads and public safety, in the event of an economic downturn.

Common-sense fiscal management has become a defining characteristic of Indiana’s reputation on the national...

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I recently announced the Fort Wayne UNITED program. It’s a mayoral initiative designed to enhance opportunities, advance youth advocacy and help ensure the safety of all residents with a focus on African American men and boys.

Leaders in criminal justice, non-profit, clergy, health, and education, along with representatives from the Fort Wayne Police Department joined me at the event. For the past several months, this dedicated team has been working to make Fort Wayne the best community...

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When a citizen comes to the Wayne Township Trustee Office for assistance, my staff works hard to process the request in the timeliest manner possible. Indiana law requires that we address emergency requests immediately. Non-emergencies must be addressed within seventy-two business hours of our receiving a completed Application for Township Assistance. Some clients are truly amazed at the speed of the process, while others may be less than happy with it. Often the perceptions of a client are...

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Recent economic reports show that Indiana’s economy is continuing to grow stronger. Our unemployment rate is below the national average and our labor force participation rate has outperformed the national average for 25 months in a row.

These reports confirm what Hoosiers know to be true – Indiana is a great place to work, live and raise a family.
In the last few months, there have been numerous announcements of companies relocating or expanding in Indiana, providing Hoosiers with more job...

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Mayor and Police

I recently announced that Steve Reed has been appointed as police chief for the City of Fort Wayne effective August 1.

Reed has been with the Fort Wayne Police Department since 1993. Most recently, he has served as assistant police chief since January 2014. In addition, Reed has held positions of director of training at the Fort Wayne Police Academy, deputy chief southwest division, captain of investigative division, sergeant of internal affairs, homicide team sergeant, and detective. Prior to...

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