March 29, 2024 - Karl Bandemer today was sworn in as acting mayor of the City of Fort Wayne following the passing of Mayor Tom Henry last evening.

Bandemer was sworn in by Adam Henry, nephew of the late Mayor Henry.

The deputy mayor is acting mayor pursuant to state law and city ordinance until a caucus is conducted by the Allen County Democratic Party to select a new mayor according to IC 3-13-11.

Bandemer has served as deputy mayor since October 2013 and has more than 50 years of experience in local government and business. Bandemer’s leadership and expertise have been instrumental in Fort Wayne’s success over the past decade as he has played a key role in several major projects throughout the community that have positioned Fort Wayne as a point of destination to live, work, and play.

Prior to becoming deputy mayor, he served as vice president of downtown development for the Fort Wayne-Allen County Economic Development Alliance, now known as Greater Fort Wayne Inc from 2010-2013.

From 1981-1986, Bandemer served as the City’s economic development director. He also has experience in the private sector with leadership positions at Sturges Development Group and Northill Corporation. In addition, he’s worked for the Region 3A Development and Regional Planning Commission, United Way of Allen County, and the Northeastern Indiana Regional Coordinating Council.

“I was honored to serve under Mayor Henry. He and I were close, and this is a very difficult time for his family, friends, City employees, and our entire community,” said Bandemer. “I want to reassure the public that through the collective efforts of the office of the mayor and the leadership team in the major divisions, City government will continue to operate as normal to meet the needs of the public we serve. It’s critical that we come together to support one another and allow time for healing because I’m hurting today, and I know a lot of other people are feeling the impact of the loss of our great mayor and friend.”

Garry Morr, the City’s controller since April 2018, will serve as deputy mayor and was sworn in today as well. Morr has more than 40 years of experience in local government finance.