Greg Leatherman, Fort Wayne’s Community Development director, to retire April 12

Greg Leatherman

A city official who has for years played a key role in a variety of major redevelopment projects will retire April 12.

Community Development Director Greg Leatherman will be leaving after 20 years in local government. He has served in his current position since 2014 and prior to that was executive director of the Fort Wayne Redevelopment Commission, the Neighborhood Code Enforcement administrator and the Brownfield manager. His private sector experience includes leadership positions at CBRE Sturges and ATC Environmental Consulting.

Under Leatherman’s leadership, the Redevelopment Commission helped bring baseball to downtown Fort Wayne at Parkview Field, which helped spur construction of the Harrison, the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, Cityscape Flats, Skyline Plaza, Randall Lofts, Riverfront Fort Wayne and more. As Community Development director he supported the production of the Downtown Blueprint 2016 update, ongoing development of affordable housing opportunities such as Bottle Works Lofts on the old Coke plant and dozens of commercial façade grants to small businesses.

“Greg has been a dedicated public servant with a commitment to helping move Fort Wayne forward in the right direction,” Mayor Tom Henry aid in a statement. “I have respected and appreciated Greg’s willingness to take leadership roles in important and challenging projects that have had positive outcomes for our community and region.”

In a statement, Leatherman said he has been “honored to work for four exceptional leaders, Mayors Moses, Helmke, Richards and Henry. They have each worked tirelessly to advance our community and serve the citizens with integrity and vision. Perhaps one of my fondest memories is helping to clean up the old Falstaff Brewery property, where we removed and recycled more than 440 tons and 2 million glass bottles. I am also grateful I had the opportunity to help restore the site of the former Bowser Pump factory (after a fire). Finally, I want to thank the many colleagues and community members I have worked with over the years.”

Henry will be interviewing potential candidates for Community Development director and plans to appoint a successor within the next several months.