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Rusty YorkRUSTY YORK – Democrat Candidate for City Council 4th District

Rusty York is a Fort Wayne native who has been protecting the city as a police officer for more than 37 years. With a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University in Criminal Justice and a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Rusty’s proven leadership has helped keep the City of Fort Wayne the safest city of its size in the United States.

A fiscally responsible team player, Rusty wants to put his knowledge and passion to work serving the constituents of the 4th District on Fort Wayne’s City Council.

With a combined budget of over $90 million, Rusty currently oversees the city’s Police, Fire and Animal Care and Control departments. If elected, he would monitor that annual budget to ensure that Fort Wayne maintains a robust public safety response. He also is dedicated to ensure that public safety training, equipment and technology continues to be cutting edge.

After years of advocating on behalf of the residents of the city’s 4th district, Rusty is proud to have been a part of the team that brought city water to the Fort Wayne’s southwest. Today, former Aqua Indiana Southwest water customers are receiving City water, which local residents describe as softer and better tasting. And just as welcome, switching to City Utilities will result in a savings of nearly $1 million for customers in the area. The typical residential customer, using about 5,000 gallons of water a month, is likely to save up to $140 annually with the transition to City water.

Together with the county, Rusty spearheaded the team that was able to streamline 911 phone calls by creating the Combined Communications Partnership (CCP). The partnership now operates out of a state of the art communications center on the 6th floor of the Rousseau Centre. City and County Fire and Police are now dispatched out of that center, and, after much negotiation, the Three Rivers Ambulance Authority has moved its Dispatch Center to the Rousseau Centre as well, eliminating the risk of dropped calls or miscommunication. Now the citizens of Fort Wayne and Allen County will get emergency services more efficiently.

With an understanding that continued development of Downtown and the enhancement of our city’s neighborhoods create an environment that attracts new businesses and jobs to Fort Wayne, Rusty supports the ongoing efforts. He plans to work to continue the Mayor’s investment in the infrastructure of our sidewalks, streets, drainage and sewers.

Rusty also continues to advocate for more miles of trails. If elected, he plans to expand our trail system for recreational purposes, but also to ensure safe and convenient avenues for commuting to school or work.

Above all, if Rusty is chosen to serve on City Council, he promises to be an accessible and aggressive liaison for the people of the 4th District.

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