Garry Morr to succeed Len Poehler as Fort Wayne’s city controller

Len Poehler
Garry Morr

Len Poehler will retire as city controller effective March 30 and will be succeeded by Garry Morr.

Poehler, controller since January 2016, has been credited with strengthening the city’s cash reserves and implementing long-range financial planning that has earned Fort Wayne recognition as one of the best-run cities in the country.

Poehler also oversaw Mayor Tom Henry’s Fiscal Policy Group II, which worked with City Council and community leaders on the passage of a financial plan to save money and bring additional revenue to the city. The results have included an increase i the number of police officers and firefighters, record investments in neighborhood streets, roads, sidewalks, alleys, and riverfront development, and enhancements and maintenance to city parks.

Poehler began his service with the city in 2004 as controller for City Utilities. Poehler was the financial lead on the city’s acquisition of Aqua Indiana’s north and southwest water utilities. In addition, he led strategic financial planning and support for the creation of the Legacy Fund. Poehler also led the implementation of the new billing system for City Utilities, an effort that has enhanced customer service through more efficient technologies. He also designed the financial model and strategy for the city’s consent decree with the federal government to reduce combined sewer overflows.

“Len has been an excellent finance leader for the city of Fort Wayne,” Henry said in a statement. “I appreciate and respect his attention to detail and commitment to developing and implementing best practices to move Fort Wayne forward in the right direction.”

In a statement, Poehler said he is “encouraged by the progress we’ve made and have positioned Fort Wayne as a community with a sound fiscal policy that ensures sustainability and viability for many years to come.”

Morr currently serves as deputy director of finance and administration for the Parks & Recreation Department; a position he’s held since 1991. Prior to joining the city, Morr served as an auditor for the Indiana State Board of Accounts. He holds a designation as a certified government financial manager from the Association of Government Accountants. Morr has nearly 40 years of experience in government finance.

“This is a great opportunity to assist Mayor Henry and his leadership team in continuing the momentum and investments we’re seeing in Fort Wayne,” Morr said in a statement.