Waynedale Political Commentaries


The City of Fort Wayne has a new director of the Community Development Division. I recently announced the promotion of Cindy Joyner.

Cindy has 16 years of experience in local government. Since 2008, she’s served as a deputy director in the Community Development Division overseeing the Neighborhood Code Compliance Department. Under Cindy’s direction, Neighborhood Code has enhanced customer service and community outreach to residents, neighborhoods and businesses. She’s been recognized for her expertise in the areas of leadership development, management, documentation, budgeting, and building strong relationships with public safety personnel, social service agencies and business and neighborhood leaders.

From 2002-2008, Cindy was a customer relations manager for the City.

Prior to joining the public sector, Cindy worked for over a dozen years in the private sector with extensive experience and expertise in property management and marketing.

Cindy is involved in several community volunteer activities. She currently serves as a board member with Greater Fort Wayne Crime Stoppers and Neighborhood Health Clinic. She’s also a block captain for the Harrison Hill Neighborhood Association and has been active with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana. Cindy earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management from Indiana Tech. She will begin her new duties immediately.

Cindy is a trusted and dedicated public servant committed to meeting the needs of our community. I appreciate and value her professionalism, leadership and communication skills. She has an unwavering spirit to do what’s right for residents and businesses. Her work ethic and belief in Fort Wayne will serve us well now and in the future.

I hope you’re able to make time to visit the newly renovated Clyde Theatre at Quimby Village on Bluffton Road. I was fortunate to be part of the ribbon cutting ceremony on May 8 to commemorate the official opening. I want to thank Chuck and Lisa Surack of Sweetwater and Rick Kinney, general manager of the Clyde Theatre, for their collective efforts to make this redevelopment project a reality. It’s going to be a tremendous asset for our community and region.

Now is a great time to enjoy the outside in Fort Wayne. The City’s Greenways Department and Fort Wayne Trails are partnering again this year to provide the popular community bike rides, Trek the Trails.

My office started the rides as a way for residents to explore parts of the trail that they may not be familiar with and to create social opportunities for families and friends. Trek the Trails offers free guided bike rides each Tuesday night at 6 p.m. through September 25. For a complete schedule, visit www.cityoffortwayne.org/trekthetrails.

A commitment to biking, walking and our world-class trails system is an important reason why Fort Wayne is experiencing positive momentum and investments like never before.

Tom Henry - Fort Wayne Mayor

A lifelong Fort Wayne resident, Mayor Thomas C. Henry is committed to public and community service. He was elected to his first term as Fort Wayne's Mayor November 6, 2007. Mayor Henry authors the "Message from the Mayor" column. > Read Full Biography > More Articles Written By This Writer