Acting Mayor Karl Bandemer Hopes to Continue the Legacy of Late Mayor Henry

In a solemn ceremony held at the City of Fort Wayne, Deputy Mayor Karl Bandemer was sworn in as the acting mayor following the passing of Mayor Tom Henry. The late mayor’s nephew, Adam Henry, administered the oath. Bandemer, with over 50 years of experience in government and business, steps into this crucial role during a challenging time for the community. His commitment is to maintain the city’s momentum and honor Mayor Henry’s legacy.

Leading with Experience

Karl Bandemer, who has served as Fort Wayne’s deputy mayor since 2013, brings a wealth of knowledge to his new position. His leadership has been instrumental in numerous projects that have contributed to the city’s growth and development over the past decade. Prior to his tenure as deputy mayor, Bandemer held various leadership roles, including vice president of downtown development for the Fort Wayne-Allen County Economic Development Alliance (now known as Greater Fort Wayne Inc) from 2010 to 2013. His background also includes serving as the City’s economic development director from 1981 to 1986, as well as leadership positions in the private sector and within regional planning organizations.

 Fort Wayne city skyline

Continuing the Vision

Reflecting on his new responsibilities, Bandemer expressed gratitude for the opportunity to serve under Mayor Henry and acknowledged the challenges ahead. “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,” Bandemer stated. “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.”

A Brief Tenure with Lasting Impact

While Bandemer’s time in office will be brief, he remains committed to ensuring that Mayor Henry’s agenda and momentum for the city persist. “I would leave people’s minds at rest and say the same people are in charge that were doing things all along,” he emphasized. “So, that effort will continue.”

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