The expectation of a possible fight over Fort Wayne elected official salaries was short lived on Tuesday night.
Mayor Tom Henry’s salary had become a target during the campaign and Councilwoman Liz Brown, R-at-large, questioned whether Clerk Sandy Kennedy was overpaid. The council, however, approved keeping all salaries flat for 2012.
The reason? They really had no choice. Brown said state law prohibits the council from slashing the mayor or clerk’s salary, and it also prevents them from adding to it. The council’s only real power would be to cut any proposed increase – of which there was none.
The council could have voted to reduce its own benefits, but that was not discussed.