FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — Longtime Wayne Township Trustee Rick Stevenson is retiring.
Stevenson announced his retirement during a press conference Friday. He said he wanted to leave on top, without pressure to leave. Stevenson also said he wanted to spend time with his family.
“I’ve got 6 grandchildren, and I want to spend the rest of my time supporting them,” says Stevenson.
Chief Deputy Austin Knox will take over the role of Trustee on an interim basis once the county clerk’s office is notified, which will happen next week.
“What I’m looking forward to is following in his footsteps, treating everyone with dignity and respect when they come, cause people come in and they’re hard on their luck, and I mean, that doesn’t mean they’re no less than a human than anyone else. So, that’s what I’m looking forward to, getting with the staff and making sure we’re following his footsteps with dignity and respect for everybody,” says Knox.
The Allen County Democratic Party will caucus later to elect a new permanent trustee.
Knox said he plans to be on the ballot for that caucus vote.
Stevenson was elected as Wayne Township trustee in 2006 and took office the following January. He’s served four terms as an advocate for those in need.
Stevenson’s latest four year term was set to be up on December 31st, 2022.
In 2015, Stevenson ran in the primary race for mayor of Fort Wayne, challenging incumbent Mayor Tom Henry.