FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry is now on a short list of mayors elected to four terms.
He's the only one to do it consecutively.
Over the next four years, he's looking at focusing on the health of the community.
“I was very humbled the citizens of Fort Wayne offered me another four years,” Henry said.
Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry is the first mayor since Harry Baals in the 50s elected to four terms.
While he's proud to look back at accomplishments of some projects already in the works, like the new boutique hotel, Henry says public health needs to be the main focus.
“We know we have an infant mortality concern and challenge in this community. Too many babies are dying before the age of one,” Henry said.
Some of that is developing more resources to help drug addiction.
“We need to get our head around why is this so bad in our community,” Henry said.
Henry's fourth term will be with a new city council.
He admits there was some tension during the last term.
“Sometimes politics came into play, sometimes personalities, sometimes individual vision,” Henry said.
Henry says he is already talking with council members to help transition into the new term.
Democrats will have four seats, making the nine member council more balanced.
The only other mayors in Fort Wayne's history to serve four terms were Harry Baals and William Hosey.