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Republican caucus selects 3rd mayor for southwestern Indiana city since 2013


PETERSBURG, Indiana — A retired businessman who serves as code inspector for Petersburg has been chosen as that southwestern Indiana city's third mayor since 2013.

A Republican caucus chose R.C. Klipsch over the weekend to become Petersburg's new mayor starting Jan. 1. He'll replace Frank Coleman Jr., a retired Indiana State Police trooper who recently announced that he's stepping down as mayor.

Coleman had served as mayor since February 2013, when he was chosen to replace then-Mayor Jon Craig, who resigned to become deputy director of Indiana's Office of Community and Rural Affairs.

Klipsch, a Petersburg native who worked as city code inspector under Craig and Coleman, said he was "naturally interested" in the mayoral post when it opened up.

"I've been involved in this position for the last three years, working directly for the mayor. I have been included in the projects and what has been going on," he told the Evansville Courier & Press ( ).

Before taking his job with the mayor's office, Klipsch worked for more than three decades at his family's automotive dealership, Klipsch Motors, which was founded by Klipsch's grandfather in 1925. That dealership closed in 2008.

Petersburg is about 40 miles northeast of Evansville.

Information from: Evansville Courier & Press,

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