A lifelong Fort Wayne resident, Mayor Thomas C. Henry is committed to public and community service. He was elected to his first term as Fort Wayne’s Mayor November 6, 2007. From 1984 to 2004, he served on Fort Wayne’s City Council, representing northwest Fort Wayne residents in the 3rd District.
Now as mayor of Indiana’s second-largest city, Henry believes to risk more, care more, dream more, and expect more, paraphrasing the West Point Academy Cadet Maxim. His administration is one of accessibility, approachability and community involvement.
With experience in the private sector, Mayor Henry has been a successful small-business owner for more than two decades. He is currently President and CEO of The Gallant Group, a Fort Wayne insurance agency and healthcare consulting firm. Henry also worked as President and CEO of Midwest Health Net, a multi-hospital group purchasing organization serving the tristate area, and has been a hospital consultant.
During his 20 years on City Council, Henry provided independent, innovative and progressive representation. He served three years as Council President and three years as Vice President. Henry authored key City ordinances still in effect today including the anti-discrimination ordinance, sunset ordinance for boards and commissions, transient merchant ordinance, homestead credit provision and the City’s parking garage privatization ordinance.
Henry is involved with the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the National League of Cities and the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns.
Mayor Henry’s community involvement includes the Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce, Neighborhood Health Clinic Board of Directors, Science Central Board of Directors and the Whitington Homes & Services Board of Directors. Henry’s past service includes the University of St. Francis Board of Trustees, Red Cross volunteer during the flood of 1982, and several state and federal task forces.
A 1970 graduate of Fort Wayne Central Catholic High School, Henry earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology and his MBA from the University of St. Francis. Henry served his country from 1971 to 1973 as a Specialist 4 with the U.S. Army’s Military Police.
Mayor Henry’s family has been in Fort Wayne for over 100 years and 6 generations. Tom Henry is the second of Jerome and Marge Henry’s 17 children. Since 1975, Tom has been married to Cindy (Kocks), owner of the popular neighborhood restaurant and pub The Green Frog Inn. Tom and Cindy have a son, a daughter, and two grandchildren. The Henrys are members of Most Precious Blood Catholic Church.