In a continue to a story we brought you Monday, Former Mayor Jon Craig resigned from his post in January to join Governor Mike Pence’s team. Craig is now the Deputy Director of Community and Rural Affairs under Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann.
After Craig’s resignation, a Republican Caucus held a special election on February 2nd to choose the next mayor from six candidates. During that meeting, Coleman was selected as the next Mayor of Petersburg. Coleman will officially become the mayor on February 22nd.
Coleman joined the Indiana State Police after graduating from the academy in November 1985. He was assigned to the Evansville District where he primarily patrolled Pike County his entire career. Coleman has investigated countless crashes and conducted numerous criminal investigations resulting in hundreds of criminal arrests. He also was a counselor at the Indiana State Police Recruit Academy for two different classes in 2005 and 2006. Coleman has been an ordained minister since 1978 and has been a guest minister on numerous occasions at several area churches over the years. Coleman will continue to patrol for a few more days before he retires and officially becomes Mayor Frank Coleman.
“Master Trooper Coleman’s service, loyalty and dedication to the Indiana State Police and to the community in which he served will be greatly missed,” said Lieutenant Dennis Marshall, Commander of the Evansville District.
Coleman and his wife, Beth, have been married for 32 years. Their son, Frank Edward Coleman and his wife, Leigha, reside in Evansville with their one-year-old son, Frank Isaac.