FORT WAYNE – Mayor Tom Henry announced his intention Tuesday to reinstate the position of director of public safety.
The position, which oversees police, fire and animal control departments, existed for decades until 2000, when then-Mayor Graham Richard eliminated it.
Now is the time to bring it back, Henry said, and that current Police Chief Rusty York is the person to hold it.
If the position is approved by the City Council, York will take the post Jan. 1.
York has served as police chief since 2000 and has 36 years of experience in public safety.
"I want our City to be as safe as possible," Henry said in a statement. "Investing in public safety is critical to being a place where people want to live, work, and play. … Enhancing our public safety efforts through the new Director of Public Safety role puts us in position for future success."
A replacement for York as police chief will be announced before the end of the year.
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