On June 7, the Downtown Improvement District’s board of directors announced the organization’s executive director, Rich Davis, had resigned and the board had appointed former Allen County Commissioner Bill Brown to fill in as interim director while the board looks for a permanent replacement.
Brown, who also applied for the job in 2005 and formerly served on the DID’s board of directors, has made it clear he wants the job permanently. Brown is also a Republican nominee seeking one of the three at-large seats on the Allen County Council in this year’s election.
Meanwhile, Gina Burgess, a Democratic candidate running against Brown for a County Council seat, has raised several concerns about Brown’s appointment to the DID position. Burgess suggests, Bill Brown’s appointment by DID is tainted by the perception of pay to play’. She said he gave donations fromn his campaign fund to DID. She has suggested Brown should voluntarily resign and the DID board should open up the hiring process.
Greg Leatherman, a DID board member and Fort Wayne’s executive director of redevelopment, abstained from voting and also raised concerns about the process, but not the choice of Brown.
The board of directors will meet on Tuesday to discuss the process of hiring a permanent director.
Science Central is having a ribbon-cutting to celebrate the opening of its newest exhibit on Tuesday. Mars in 3-D, a traveling exhibition, is starting its U.S. tour in Fort Wayne. Science Central officials worked for four years to get the opportunity to show the exhibit.
The exhibit includes three-dimensional images of the Red Planet that were taken with a stereo camera space probe built by the German Aerospace Center.
Mars researcher Ulrich Koehler from the German Aerospace Center will be speaking at the ribbon-cutting as well as local dignitaries, including Deputy Mayor Mark Becker and State Rep. Win Moses, D-Fort Wayne.
More importantly, Science Central is offering free admission all day to celebrate the exhibit’s opening.
For more information on Science Central, visit www.sciencecentral.org.