City clerk accuses mayor of retaliation over parking ticket

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): City Clerk Lana Keesling claims Mayor Tom Henry bullied her over a $100 parking ticket.

Keesling told the News-Sentinel that Henry “tried to bully her for doing the right thing” Monday.

The spat stems from a $100 parking ticket issued to Henry on Feb. 5 for having an expired temporary plate on his city-owned 2018 Buick LaCrosse while it was parked in Citizens Square.

Keesling claims Henry came into her office to harass her, and that two days later she received an email from Henry saying her reserved spot in the parking garage at Citizens Square had been reassigned.

Keesling says the fine has been paid, and a license plate is installed on the vehicle.

City officials say payment for a license plate was sent to the BMV not long after the vehicle was purchased last November.

City officials released the following statement to WOWO News on the matter:

“Mayor Henry and City Clerk Keesling have had a positive working relationship since she became clerk. This most recent situation involving a parking ticket to a government vehicle and a change in parking arrangements is a disagreement between Mayor Henry and Clerk Keesling. We do not see this as an abuse of power situation. Both are committed public servants.

Mayor Henry was disappointed by a recent ticket that was issued to a City of Fort Wayne vehicle that’s been assigned to him. The City took possession of the vehicle in Nov. 2017 with a temporary license plate. The plate had an expiration date of 12-24-17. The City did not receive the permanent license plate until after the temporary plate had expired. The City Clerk’s office was aware of the situation and that the permanent plate would be arriving soon, which it did last week, the same day a ticket was issued.

There is a designated/reserved parking spot for the clerk in the parking garage attached to Citizens Square.”

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