Tom Freistroffer, a native of Fort Wayne, was elected to the City Council in 2015 as a member At-Large. Tom earned a BA in social studies at the University of Notre Dame and a Masters Degree in Education from Indiana University. Tom has 15 years of experience in teaching and education, along with extensive experience in running two businesses, which he finds invaluable while serving on council. Tom is married to Beth, and they are the proud grandparents to 10 grandchildren .
Tom sees serving on Council is a way to give back to the City of Fort Wayne. Says the Councilman, “I hope my experience in business and education and as a former coach will enhance my leadership and service on the Council and will leave Fort Wayne a better place when I am finished."
Tom has sat on the Board of Zoning Appeals for the City of Fort Wayne along with serving as Chairman of the Regulations Committee on Council in 2016 and 2020 and Chairman of the City Utilities Committee in 2017. Tom also served as Vice President of City Council in 2017, and as the President of the Council in 2018. Tom has served for two years as the City Council representative on the Plan Commission and has served as President of the Joint Permitting Oversight Board working with Business Permits and City/County Departments. Tom has served as the Council Representative for GFW on Downtown improvement, along with working diligently with the Greater Comprehensive Plan and the Department of Community Development. Tom also sits on the Governing Board for the City/County Plan Commission.
Today, Tom is an Indiana Certified Residential Appraiser, having appraised hundreds of homes in the Greater Fort Wayne area, as well as flood prone areas for the City of Fort Wayne.
With his background in business, real estate and education, Tom hopes to bring valuable assets to the City Council table. Paramount for Tom as an elected official, is to bring business and economic development to Fort Wayne; progressing with our riverfront development, supporting public safety and neighborhood infrastructure. As a member of the Fort Wayne Board of Realtors, Tom feels it is important to maintain a strong housing market.
Other issues important to Tom are maintaining a strong, balanced budget, local government transparency, communication and working diligently with all members of City Council. Tom has collaborated with his council colleagues on the following legislation: Commercial Chronic Problem Property Legislation and Home Owner Property Legislation. Tom has been at the forefront of design and implementation of greater concentrated investment in sidewalks alleys, and the riverfront, Legacy debt reserve, updated noise ordinance, as well as supporting funding for The Landing and the Clyde Theatre. Tom co-sponsored creation of the Public Art Commission.
Today Tom is an active member of St. Jude's Parish, and his hobbies include working out, reading, walking, and spending as much time as possible with his children and grandchildren
Councilman Freistroffer may be reached at:
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
or through the City Council Office at:
200 E. Berry St., Ste. 120
Fort Wayne, IN 46805