Roy Scott Parkway Dedication Ceremony Held

The Roy Scott Parkway sign stands proudly at the corner of County Road 200 West and Barner Street.
Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes speaks to some of the assembled crowd at the dedication honoring former Frankfort mayor Roy Scott.

Approximately 75 to 100 individuals, including city and county officials as well as close family friends, braved the chilly, wet conditions Friday afternoon to attend the dedication of Roy Scott Parkway, which is a portion of the roadway on County Road 200 West from State Road 28 to Barner Street.

Street Superintendent Jason Forsythe, who spearheaded the event, said the dedication is a visible, tangible way of honoring and remembering Scott.

“Dedicating the Roy Scott Parkway is a way to keep Roy’s memory alive and to recognize all he did for the Frankfort community,” said Forsythe.

Scott was a 1957 graduate of Frankfort Senior High School. He graduated from the Police Academy in 1969 and from the FBI National Academy in 1979. He worked for the Frankfort Police Department for 23 1/2 years, serving as police chief for eight of those years. During that time, he also served as the school liaison officer for Clinton County schools for 10 years. He retired from the Police Department in 1992.

From 2000-2004, Scott served as mayor of Frankfort and was instrumental in the annexation of the Industrial Park into the City.

“People like that need to be honored in our city,” said Forsythe. “The annexation he did in our Industrial Park has been huge for our city in the last 15 years. Back in the day, people weren’t too sure about that. The man made the right decision and things have worked out well for our city.”

In addition, Scott was a youth director and was very involved with Clinton County Special Olympics. He played fast pitch softball until he was 50 years old and was twice honored in the Indiana Softball Hall of Fame: as MVP in 1972 and Most Valuable Pitcher in 1982. His team won the Softball State Championship four times.