Statement issued Wednesday:
Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry proudly announced today that Brent Wake is joining the Mayor’s staff Jan. 3 as a Mayor’s advocate.
Wake will work with neighborhoods, residents and business associations in the city’s southwest and northwest quadrants and lead the City’s efforts for the Bank on Fort Wayne program to provide access to traditional banking services for people who don’t currently use savings or checking accounts. He joins the City from his recent position as regional director for Senator Evan Bayh’s Fort Wayne office.
“Brent brings to the Mayor’s office a wealth of information about Fort Wayne and Indiana. I am delighted to have him joining our staff and continuing to build and maintain ties to Fort Wayne’s neighborhoods on the west side,” Mayor Henry said. “Brent’s experiences with Sen. Bayh and local organizations will be a wonderful addition to our staff and our community as we work to strengthen neighborhoods and continue connections with residents.”
Wake is a graduate of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. He has been with the Senator’s northeast Indiana office since 2003. He has been involved with Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Learn United, Aging and In-Home Services and Leadership Fort Wayne. He also served as Sen. Bayh’s African-American outreach coordinator.
Ken Nicolet, who has been with the City since 1991 and as a Mayor’s advocate since 2004, is retiring next year. Nicolet will guide Wake in the first part of the year to ensure a smooth transition for neighborhoods.