Mayor Speaks Out Over Dissolving Deal to Fund County Homeland Security

By Stephanie Parkinson

February 10, 2012 Updated Feb 10, 2012 at 7:43 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - The mayor is speaking out about his controversial move to dissolve a deal that funded The Homeland Security Department in Allen County. Mayor Henry says the agreement the city and county had was written too quickly and simply needs to be redone.

Henry says he needed to end that deal in order to start the process of drafting a new one between the city and county.

This all started last week when Mayor Henry sent a letter to the Allen County Board of Commissioners saying he was ending the 6-year-long agreement.

As part of that deal the city paid for a portion of the salary for the director of the department, Bernie Beier. The city’s cost was about $45,000. County and state funding paid for the rest of the department.

Henry says he thinks dissolving this deal is in the best interest financially for the city. He also says the deal wasn't clear with who oversaw the department.

"In reviewing that contract it was very very loosely written at the time. There were no real levels of accountability, no goals, no objectives set down. The executive director himself really didn't know if he reported to The City of Fort Wayne or to the county commissioners," said Tom Henry, Mayor, City of Fort Wayne.

The mayor has already met with the county commissioners. He says he plans to continue those meetings until they reach a new deal.

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