Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes to resign

Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes will be resigning for a position in Wyoming.

Posted: Jan 28, 2020 12:21 PM
Updated: Jan 28, 2020 2:14 PM

FRANKFORT, Ind. (WLFI) - Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes will be resigning for a position in Wyoming. 

In an open letter sent out Tuesday afternoon, McBarnes said he would be leaving his role on Feb. 28. A Frankfort Republican precinct committeeman will select his replacement. 

McBarnes said he has accepted a new role as the executive director of The WYldlife Fund in Wyoming. He said he is an outdoor enthusiast and said protecting wildlife is one of his great passions. 

McBarnes grew up in Frankfort before attending Butler University. He was elected mayor at 23-years-old. In May 2019, he won the Republican nomination for mayor, which at the time he held for eight years. McBarnes ran unopposed in November. 

"I believe that you and I have shown the rest of the State of Indiana what Frankfort is capable of and what all of us can accomplish together," said McBarnes. "We now boast the largest Frito Lay site in the world. Our downtown is coming to life. Frankfort has smoother roads with more on the way. We rose to being recognized as one of the safest communities in Indiana. We unlocked the potential of public-private partnerships by raising millions of dollars to build a beautiful Ivy Tech campus and the soon-to-be completed Prairie Creek Park."

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