CLINTON COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)—Mayor-elect Judy Sheets is preparing to take over as the city's leader. She'll be the second female mayor Frankfort has had since Mary Jane McMahon in 1983. For Sheets, It was dream that became reality.
"My mom and dad always knew this was something I wanted,” said Mayor-elect Judy Sheets.
Sheets was born and raised in Frankfort. She spent most of her life working with the police department in the juvenile aid division. In 2008 she was elected clerk treasurer and has served in that position since.
"No matter what election it was whether it was city, county, whatever, every time my mom would say are you running for mayor this time and I'm like no not yet the timing is not right but,” said Sheets.
She didn't realize that time would come so soon. But she was ready when it did.
"I felt like my 12 years’ experience as clerk treasurer brought a lot to the table,” said Sheets. “I was pretty aware of the finances, the projects, all of the different things going on in the city. And I thought I have something to offer here."
Judy was elected to take current Mayor Chris McBarnes' place. She said her job now is to continue making progress throughout the city.
"The projects, I mean Prairie Creek Park you know we're getting pretty close to the final stage of that. I want to finish what we've got in place,” said Sheets. “At that time I'd like to step back and kind of see where we are. You know, what affect is this going to have on the city."
Sheets also has plans to engage the people of Frankfort as well.
"At some point I'm hoping to get an advisory committee or something with just the citizens,” said Sheets. “You know come to me, bring me some ideas and tell me what you'd like to see."
Sheets said they will have a caucus soon to elect someone for her position. She officially takes over full time as mayor on March 2nd.