The former head of Fort Wayne's Legacy Joint Funding Committee will return to the table next year as a City Council appointee after his nomination was approved during Tuesday's City Council meeting.
Ron Turpin, chief financial officer of Gibson Insurance, was removed from the committee in May by Mayor Tom Henry and replaced by Steve Corona, who also serves on the Fort Wayne Redevelopment Commission and the Fort Wayne Community Schools Board.
Two others – City Attorney Carol Helton and City Controller Garry Morr – replaced former Community Development Director Greg Leatherman and former Parks Director Al Moll after they retired. Turpin will replace outgoing committee member Kyle Kerley, who was appointed to the board by City Council. Kerley requested he not be reassigned to the committee after winning a seat on the Allen County Council in a county GOP caucus last month.
At the time Turpin was removed, city spokesman John Perlich said a reorganization of all of Henry's committee appointees made sense with Moll and Leatherman's retirements.
On Tuesday, Turpin was nominated by Councilman Russ Jehl, R-2nd, who said Turpin should never have been removed from the committee. Jehl said Turpin's financial sense and business acumen are reasons why the Legacy Fund has remained viable.
"The committee has been an incredibly important force in helping select only good, transformational projects and they've done an excellent job," Jehl said. "The fund would have been spent even faster had it not been for Ron's leadership."