Highlighting his comprehensive approach to strengthening neighborhoods, Mayor Tom Henry today announced that the Community Development Division will oversee the City's Neighborhood Code Enforcement Department. The change becomes effective on March 17.
“Realigning Neighborhood Code with Community Development will help us build healthier, stronger neighborhoods and foster greater economic vitality across the city,” said Mayor Henry. “This small change ensures a complete integration of this important tool into our citizen-driven community enhancement strategies. You can be sure that I will continually champion ways to make your City government more responsive to neighborhood needs and a better steward of our precious resources.”
Neighborhood Code Enforcement, which is presently under Public Safety, manages issues such as abandoned vehicles, tall weeds and grass, zoning and land use violations, minimum housing standards, and unsafe structures.
“Neighborhood Code will continue to partner with Public Safety to realize fully the goals of the City's housing, community and economic development strategies,” said Mark Becker, Deputy Mayor. “A safe, vibrant, livable Fort Wayne is our mutual objective.”
Cindy Joyner has been named the interim Director of Neighborhood Code Enforcement. For the past five years, she has served as the department's Customer Relations Manager. Joyner has previous management experience and a degree in business management.
Fort Wayne Police Captain Tom Bandor, who has been serving as the Neighborhood Code Enforcement Administrator since August of 2004, will be assigned again to a position within the Police Department.
The internal reorganization entails no changes in personnel or added costs.