FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Fort Wayne City Council members and other community leaders gathered Friday to call more diversity on governmental and community boards and leadership positions in the city.
City Councilman At-Large Glynn Hines was joined by Councilwomen Michelle Chambers (At-Large) and Sharon Tucker (6th District) and others for a news conference at Citizens Square.
The discussion came amid racial tension and three weeks of protests against police brutality in the city, and a day after Allen County Councilman Larry Brown said in an open meeting that it was unfortunate protesters breed.
During Friday’s press conference, Hines and others called for Brown to resign.
Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry issued the following statement in response to Friday’s press conference:
Currently, we do not have enough minority representation on City of Fort Wayne boards and commissions. It’s a top priority of my administration to have more diversity on the volunteer boards and commissions. We’ll continue to be proactive in this effort moving forward and encourage minority residents to submit applications to be considered for future opportunities. We welcome their participation, and our city will benefit as a result of having diverse voices at the table making important decisions.