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Sheets to step down as parks chief

SHEETS: Parks Superintendent Travis Sheets will step down from his position at the end of the year.

Times staff - news@ftimes.com

Frankfort will be looking for a new parks department superintendent for 2020 after Travis Sheets announced he will be leaving the city at the end of the year.

Sheets has spent the last two years working for the city.

“I really enjoy being a part of the City of Frankfort team and part of the Parks Department family,” Sheets said. “We have accomplished so much, and there is still much to do. Mayor McBarnes has a vision, and I share that vision with him. I appreciate his passionate support these past two years.

“I am proud of our community-building places where families, co-workers and groups can gather outdoors and experience play and the environment with all senses,” Sheets added. “These places allow us the chance to enjoy the moments of togetherness and create memories.”

Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes is sorry to see Sheets go.

“Our parks department is stronger because of Travis’ extensive knowledge and understanding of zoology, aviaries, horticulture and park management,” McBarnes said. “He has been a tremendous benefit to our city and our community. We wish him well in all his future endeavors.”

Sheets and his wife, Gina, have opened a mission care retreat in the foothills of Superstition Wilderness in Arizona. The Arizona bed and breakfast, named Jumping Dog Vista, was opened to help transition missionaries moving from the mission field back to western life and offers a place to unwind in solitude or action. Travis and Gina plan to spend more time in Arizona working on this mission.

“I will be back and forth to Frankfort,” Sheets said. “We still have our home here, and our families and friends are here. We will simply be spending more time in Arizona than in Indiana while also continuing to develop and expand agriculture around the world to help the poorest of the poor provide for their families.”

City officials are beginning the search for a new parks superintendent. According to a city press release, they “are seeking a visionary Parks Superintendent with a demonstrated experience of providing executive management of park planning and infrastructure projects and directing leisure, recreational and park programming to improve the quality of life for all City of Frankfort residents.” More information regarding this position will be posted on the human resources page of the city website later this week.