FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – The City-County Building in downtown Fort Wayne was renamed for a public servant who was a figure in Fort Wayne and Allen County politics for 40 years.
More than 100 Allen County residents and city and county politicians gathered in the newly renovated foyer of the Rousseau Centre Monday to officially rename the City-County Building. Named for a man whose career in Allen County politics began in 1964, Ed Rousseau first served on Fort Wayne City Council. From there, Rousseau spent time on Allen County Council and as a county commissioner. Rousseau was in office during the construction of the City-County Building 40 years ago.
After a $4.8 million remodel, the Rousseau Centre is now the home of the city’s police and fire departments as well as portions of the Allen County Sheriff’s Department. Additionally, the Rousseau Centre will house the combined 911 dispatch and county government offices including assessor, auditor, recorder, treasurer and veterans services.
Rousseau’s widow, Marilyn Rousseau, spoke before a crowd in awe of her late husband’s accomplishments as a member of the Fort Wayne-Allen County community. She said Ed always acted in the best interest of Allen County residents.
“He always wanted to stand on the side of what was best for the community, even when he was running for office and disagreed with his opponents. He would be extremely honored and humbled to be recognized by this wonderful tribute to his dedication to political service.”
Allen County Commissioner Linda Bloom also spoke at the dedication Monday. Bloom shared anecdotes of a man who read bible verses to Bloom when she used foul language in the workplace. She said Rousseau paid particular attention to the four cornerstones of his life: Faith, family, friends and politics. She also remarked at how Rousseau loved to give advice.
“He’s a memory in all our minds and he was fabulous. He was on city council, county council, a commissioner and my partner. I absolutely adored him, and I can’t even think of a better name for this building than the Rousseau Centre.”
Rousseau died in 2009 at the age of 76 after a battle with cancer.
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