The Board of Public Safety urged Otis Reed to get back to work as a cabdriver but cautioned him on reapplying to reinstate his company.
Reed successfully appealed the denial of his taxi drivers license at Mondays board meeting after six hotel and club owners spoke highly of his cab service.
The board denied Reeds renewal request last month after he was pulled over for driving on a suspended Indiana drivers license and operating a taxi without a license or company permit.
The issue is not with your service at all, board Chairman Quinton Dixie said. The issue is with being able to run a business.
Last summer, Reed complained that the citys rule forcing each cab companys vehicles to be a different color was too restrictive. The City Council changed the ordinance in September, but Reeds license had already been delayed twice.
Reed disagreed with Dixie and said if the board hadnt twice pushed back approving his company, he wouldve never gotten behind on his bills, lost his license and none of this would be under discussion.
The elephant in the room is the delaying of the start of my business, he said. I was victimized by the code because there already were cars on the street that were the same color. I had to go through that to determine there was a problem with the code. I ran out of money.
Board member Frank Casagrande urged Reed to get back to work for another company.
I think the biggest thing we are saying is establish a track record, Casagrande said. Youre an excellent person when it comes to running a cab, just not the business portion of it.
In other board news, the board learned of numerous retirements, promotions and discipline within the Fort Wayne Police Department.
Deputy Chief Nancy Chamberlin retired after more than 27 years on the force.
Sgt. Robert Girod retired after 23 years of service and Detective Michaeline Jones retired after 29 years on the force.
Captain James Feasel Jr. was promoted to cover Chamberlins vacancy.
Lt. Kevin Hunter was then promoted to captain, to fill the vacancy made by Feasels promotion. Hunter was in charge of internal affairs.
The board learned of one-day unpaid suspensions of officers Scott Studebaker and Michael McEachern.
Studebaker was suspended last month after supervisors noticed he was going and parking at IPFW during his downtime.
McEacherns suspension came last month after he was away without leave when he thought he had a day off and didnt show up for work.
Officer Robert Abels served a three-day suspension last month for investigative negligence. He was asked to go to a business in town to check on the well-being of someone and never got out of his car. Abels suspension would have been one day, but was increased because he was suspended two days in February when he got in an accident while on an emergency run.