Prior to his election as Fishers’ first mayor, Scott Fadness served as Fishers’ Town Manager from 2011-2014 and Deputy Town Manager of Operations from 2009-2011 overseeing the day-to-day operations of public works, engineering, fleet management and parks and recreation. As Town Manager, he reorganized town departments to streamline government services, create greater efficiencies and save Fishers’ taxpayers millions of dollars - all while doubling Fishers’ cash reserves. His dedication to fiscal responsibility earned him the Government Finance Officers’ Association “Distinguished Budget Award” three years in a row.
Fadness holds a Master’s degree in Public Affairs from Indiana University and is a member of the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA), and the Indiana Controllers Affiliate Group. He lives in Fishers with his wife, Aunna and son Lincoln.
Fishers' First Mayor
Fadness became Mayor of the City of Fishers, Indiana on December 22, 2014. As the City of Fishers’ first Mayor, he manages the day-to-day operations of the City and leads a team of 12 department directors.
In addition to his responsibilities as mayor, Fadness serves Indiana and the residents of Fishers in the following capacities:
- Chair of the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns Legislative Committee - 2016
- Vice chair of the Central Indiana Council of Elected Officials (CICEO)
- Hamilton Southeastern School Foundation Advisory Council
- Co-founder and Board member of Launch Fishers
- Hamilton County Disaster Action Team for the American Red Cross
- Adjunct Professor at the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis School of Public and Environmental Affairs
Mayor Fadness is a proven, fiscally-responsible leader focused on Fishers’ future. With a strong vision to make Fishers a smart, vibrant, and entrepreneurial city, Mayor Fadness has promoted creative solutions to retain and create jobs, redevelop Fishers’ downtown, and establish Fishers as a hub of entrepreneurial activity, and works tirelessly to ensure the Fishers’ success story continues.
Mayor Fadness knows that Fishers must continue to deliver taxpayer-friendly, top-quality services. He has strengthened public safety departments and made sure that they are adequately staffed, trained and equipped for Fishers’ ever-changing needs.
He is focused on investing in Fishers’ aging infrastructure and exploring new technologies to make Fishers stronger, safer, and more responsive to its citizens.
Mayor Fadness understands that people, not government, create jobs. In 2011, Scott co-founded Launch Fishers to create a space for entrepreneurs to plan, develop and launch their high-growth, high-potential businesses and products. To date, over 100 new companies call Launch Fishers home. As Mayor, Fadness will continue to focus on strategic efforts that encourage private-sector innovation and job growth. He has led efforts to revitalize Fishers by encouraging private investment in Fishers’ downtown.
In 2018, Mayor Fadness continues this momentum by opening the state's first IoT workspace, the Indiana IoT Lab - Fishers, after a record year of more than 2,200 jobs announced by companies moving to Fishers or Fishers-based companies.