Mayor Henry names Karl Bandemer as Deputy Mayor

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): This afternoon, Mayor Tom Henry announced that Karl Bandemer has been appointed as Deputy Mayor for the City of Fort Wayne. 

The announcement came this afternoon at the Mayor's office in Citizens Square. The position had been open since mid-August.

 “Karl is a public servant who’s committed to helping make our City the best that it can be,” said Mayor Henry. “Karl’s leadership skills, experience in government, and expertise in economic development are unique qualities that will complement our efforts to engage, innovate, and perform to position Fort Wayne as a destination place for business growth, jobs, a great quality of life, and strong neighborhoods.” 

Bandemer has nearly 40 years of experience in local government and business. Since 2010, he’s served as vice president of downtown development for the Fort Wayne-Allen County Economic Development Alliance, now known as Greater Fort Wayne Inc. 

“I’m honored to be part of Mayor Henry’s administration. This is a great time to be in Fort Wayne as we continue to make our community a leader in business development and downtown revitalization,” said Karl Bandemer. “I also look forward to working with the City’s division and department leaders as we serve to meet the needs of citizens and businesses.” 

Duties of the Chief Operating Officer include managing relationships between the City Council and the administration, representing the Mayor at events, as well as managing and coordinating programs with various divisions and departments, among other responsibilities.