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Wayne Township Trustee Richard Stevenson retires after 13 years; caucus to replace him

Richard Stevenson (Courtesy photo)
Austin Knox (Courtesy photo)

Wayne Township Trustee Richard Stevenson on Friday announced his retirement after 13 years on the job. A Democrat, a party caucus still to be scheduled will select someone to fill out the remaining year of his fourth term.

In the meantime, the trustee’s duties will be assumed by current Chief Deputy Austin Knox.

“We’ve worked together to do the job voters entrusted to me, trying to help give people a hand up,” Stevenson said during a news conference at the township office in downtown Fort Wayne. “And we never forgot whose money we were spending.”

Wayne Township includes much of central Fort Wayne and provides poor relief and other services.

“I have big shoes to fill but I won’t let you down,” Knox told Stevenson.

Stevenson was an unsuccessful candidate for Fort Wayne mayor in 2015. Stevenson was first elected trustee in 2006, defeating Republican incumbent Matt Schomburg.

“God bless you. You delivered high-quality services,” City Councilman Glynn Hines, D-6th, told Stevenson during a hastily arranged news conference at the township office.

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