Clerk makes case for retaining post
As she prepares for a re-election race, Fort Wayne City Clerk Lana Keesling hopes to highlight accomplishments she said she’s made over her first three years in office.
Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Keesling said some of her accomplishments include making City Council agendas more easily accessible; creating clear procedures and guidelines for consistency in the city clerk’s office, the violations bureau and parking enforcement; use of enhanced technology to increase staff efficiency; and fiscal conservatism.
That conservative approach, Keesling said, led to a 21 percent decrease in spending over the past three years.
“All of these led to the end of a department that ran in a deficit for years,” Keesling said. “Instead, the net income has increased yearly in 2016, 2017 and 2018, allowing parking control to not only be self-sufficient but allowing it to pay for the first new parking meters in over 30 years.”
Keesling said the revenue generated by the new meters, which allow users to pay via coin or credit card, has been able to pay back 100 percent of the funds used to buy them in the first place.
Keesling, who is completing her first term as city clerk, replaced retired City Clerk Sandy Kennedy. As of Wednesday afternoon, Keesling did not have a challenger in the 2019 race.
Candidates for Allen County municipal offices began filing official paperwork with the Allen County Election Board on Wednesday. Among those who filed were hopefuls for offices including City Council District 6 and New Haven City Council District 4. One candidate, who has not yet filed with the election board, declared his intention to run for City Council District 4, as well.
Jorge Fernandez, a two-time candidate for the Indiana House of Representatives, also announced his intent to seek the Democratic Party nomination for Fort Wayne’s 4th District. The district, he said, needs new leadership.
“As a City Council member, I would take a new path by working to help school districts, improve contracting and corporate responsibility and make environmentally sound decisions,” Fernandez said in a statement.
Candidates have until noon Feb. 8 to file paperwork with the election board.