County Waiting On Ideas From City on Homeland Security

By Maureen Mespell

February 17, 2012 Updated Feb 17, 2012 at 3:40 PM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) -- The fate of the Allen County Homeland Security Office is in question with County Commissioners giving the Fort Wayne Mayor a deadline, asking for answers.

As of Thursday night, Allen County Commissioners had not heard from Mayor Tom Henry and the deadline from the county for Mayor Henry is Friday.

This all started earlier this month when the Mayor pulled the plug on a 6 year long agreement with the county to fund the Homeland Security office.

Last week Mayor Tom Henry told INC. his reason is that he wanted to see a better plan put in place.

Mayor Henry also said that the director of the office had no oversight and that this move would save the city money.

Allen County Commissioner Nelson Peters says the city has to have a Homeland Security Director, meaning dissolving this deal will actually cost the city more money. With the deal that is already in place the city doesn’t have to pay his entire salary.

“There are going to be greater costs incurred by the City of Fort Wayne and by the taxpayers of Allen County by dissolving this agreement because the statute does call for a county to have an emergency management department,” says Commissioner Peters. “for any city or town to have an agreement with the county for emergency management services. If they don't, that city or town needs to have an emergency management director to put together their emergency management plan.”

Mayor Henry has told INC that he wants to figure out a new plan where the city and county could work together.

Right now, Peters does not seem optimisic that it will happen.

Peters says the county wants some ideas from Mayor Henry by Friday on what the Mayor wants to do so they can try to work on drafting a new deal together.




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