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A lifelong resident of Fort Wayne, Tom Henry is the second oldest in a family of 17 children. A 1970 graduate of Central Catholic High School, Tom earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and an MBA from the University of Saint Francis. He served in the Army during the Vietnam era.

After returning home from the military, Tom met and married Cindy Kocks in 1975. They have two grown children and three grandchildren. They are members of the Most Precious Blood Catholic Church.

Tom began his professional 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.

Tom served on the Fort Wayne City Council from 1983-2003, representing northwest Fort Wayne. He was then elected Mayor of Fort Wayne in 2007 and is now serving in his third term. He would like a fourth term as Mayor to complete many of the worthwhile projects he began while in office.

A great Mayor

Bringing Fort Wayne great success

Since taking office in January 2008, successes under Mayor Henry’s leadership include:

  • 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 over $62 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 Ash Brokerage and parking garage components are complete and the residential tower will be completed in 2018. The total project investment is more than $100 million.

  • Since 2012, 21,600 jobs have been retained, nearly 6,900 jobs have been created and there has been a total private investment of more than $2.3 billion

  • A commitment to public safety, which has included multiple academy classes for the Fort Wayne Police and Fire departments and enhanced technology to better serve and protect the public. 

  • 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. Since 2014, $100 million has been invested in neighborhoods.

  • 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. The first phase of construction on riverfront development started in 2017.

  • 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 over 100 miles
Tom for Mayor-10

The excitement in our city continues to grow under the leadership of Mayor Tom Henry.

People and businesses from around the state and nation are taking notice of Fort Wayne. This positive attention is the result of the Mayor and his administration’s hard work commitment to the citizens of our city. We are well positioned as a destination place and a gem of the Midwest.

Join Mayor Henry in his efforts to continue making Fort Wayne the great city it is and, with your help, will continue to be.