Judy Sheets

City of Frankfort

This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: city business goes on as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. In Frankfort, new security measures will be put in place at Old Stoney, and the city is looking ahead to its 2021 budget. How are city officials planning ahead in the midst of ongoing uncertainty?

City of Frankfort

This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: Indiana has a mask mandate. After leaving it up to local governments, Gov. Eric Holcomb announced face coverings would now be required across the state. So how will local governments and agencies respond? What are the on-the-ground plans for enforcement?

City of Frankfort

This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: Frankfort is moving ahead with the process of annexing land out to I-65 – a long-anticipated project. How will the annexation impact the city, and what’s the timeline for completion? What feedback is anticipated at a series of upcoming public meetings?  

City of Frankfort

This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: Stage 3 of Indiana’s reopening plan kicks off tomorrow. Cities across the state will be monitoring how residents use newly available spaces like basketball courts and playgrounds – including Frankfort, where the parks department is reminding citizens they have a part in keeping things clean and safe. What’s the plan for making sure social distancing is in place?

City of Frankfort

This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, a brand new mayor joins the program. Frankfort Mayor Judy Sheets was sworn in on March 2, after several terms as the city’s clerk-treasurer, and was immediately faced with the challenge of overseeing the city’s response to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. How does a brand-new mayor tackle a big task?

This week in our talk with Mayor Sheets, we’ll get an update on how Frankfort is handling COVID-19, how local officials are working together, and what measures the city is taking to ensure the health and safety of residents.  

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Frankfort residents officially have a new mayor-elect. After three rounds of balloting, Republican precinct chairs selected Frankfort Clerk-Treasurer Judy Sheets to succeed Mayor Chris McBarnes after his departure next week.

“I promise you I will work hard for this city,” an emotional Sheets said to the 18 precinct chairs who attended Saturday morning’s caucus. “And you will be proud of this city.” 

Sheets will be Frankfort’s second woman mayor, after Mary Jane McMahon, who led the city from 1976 to 1983. 

City of Frankfort

After Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes announced his plans to resign to take a new job in Wyoming, three candidates threw their hats in the ring to replace him. Republican precinct chairs will pick one of them tomorrow. WBAA spoke with all three candidates about why they’re running, why they should be mayor, and what they plan to accomplish.

Frankfort’s Clerk-Treasurer Judy Sheets, Frankfort Board of Works member Ken Estes, and Frankfort City Council member Eric Woods all say their experiences working with--and within--city government qualify them for the job.

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Frankfort residents will know the name of their next mayor after Republican precinct chairs choose a successor for Mayor Chris McBarnes this weekend.

Frankfort Clerk-Treasurer Judy Sheets, Frankfort City Council member Eric Woods, and Frankfort Board of Works member Ken Estes will make their case to hold the mayor's office at a caucus Saturday morning in Frankfort's city council chambers. 

Clinton County Republican Party chairperson Jim Moyer says up to 20 Republican precinct chairs could select the new mayor this weekend—and the majority vote rules.

City of Frankfort

Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes says he’s already working on replacement plans for three key city employees scheduled to depart in the first half of 2020. 

Police Chief Troy Bacon and Building and Zoning Inspector Sam Payne are retiring—Bacon after eight years in his role, and Payne after more than 12.  

Frankfort Human Resources Director Jack Dodd is leaving to run the city of Kokomo’s HR department—a role he previously held from 2003 to 2007.  

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A completed review of the monetary misdeeds of a former Frankfort Parks Department chief includes an allegation he sold animals from a city petting zoo without prior authorization.

Joel Tatum was fired from his job late last year after city officials found thousands of dollars strewn about, with much of it stuffed into coffee cans in Tatum’s office.