Press release from the City of Fort Wayne:
Deputy Mayor’s exit prompts Cabinet change
Purcell Resigns to Aid Family, Roller Assumes Interim Role
Mayor Tom Henry today announced the resignation of Deputy Mayor Greg Purcell and the appointment of City Controller Pat Roller to an interim capacity.
Due to the significant nature of the role and numerous critical issues underway, Purcell will remain employed with the City during a three-month transition period. He is leaving to devote more attention to the care of family members in Michigan. He joined Mayor Henry’s staff in September 2008.
“Greg Purcell has been a key member of my cabinet,” said Mayor Henry. “His departure saddens me, but I respect his decision and his commitment to his family. His leadership can be seen in Fort Wayne’s designation as a proud three-time All-America City award winner, the successful resolution of the longstanding City and County bridge issue and the homerun opening of Parkview Field. His dedicated service through three City administrations is something for which all of us in this community can be grateful.”
Roller will begin her duties immediately. During this short-term period, she will retain her division title, but will receive support from key division and department heads to ensure that seamless municipal operations are maintained.
City Controller since January 2004, Roller joined the City under the Richard administration and was asked to remain in that slot by Mayor Henry. Prior to her career with the City, she served as Second Vice President and Financial Director within the Investment Division of Lincoln Financial Group.
Throughout this transitional phase, Director of Public Works Bob Kennedy has also agreed to assume expanded administrative responsibilities. Kennedy was recently recognized by American City & County magazine as its 2009 Public Works Leader of the Year.
The search process to permanently fill the Deputy Mayor’s position will be delineated in the near future.