FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Local leaders started their new terms Friday.
Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry and Clerk Lana Keesling were sworn in along with members of city council.
The ceremony was held at noon on January 1, at the Arts United Center on Main Street.
Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry is starting his third term in that position following what he has coined ‘positive momentum’ for the city.
“Are we as a city willing to take on these challenges, needs, wants and desires,” Henry said. “Are we willing to stand up and have the courage to sometimes make difficult decisions?”
Lana Keesling is taking over the clerk’s office after a year of controversy and 32 years of one person in that position.
“There’s a lot we can do and I’m excited about the opportunity to do that,” Keesling added. “My backgroud is in finance and I.T. so, with that it will be easy to look at what the office does and finding ways to make it more efficient and effective.”
City Council now consists of all men and is dominated by Republicans, which include every at large seat.
Michael Barranda is filling one of those seats and is bringing new blood to the table.
“I come from the private sector and have done a lot of nonprofit work, so I do bring a different perspective,” Barranda said. “Now I want to sit down at council and learn what it takes to be a good councilman and learn the different areas, because there is a lot to learn.”