Frankfort native William I. May Jr. took office as Frankfort Mayor on January 1, 2013. He served as Mayor of Kentucky’s capital city from 1996 to 2009, but due to a Constitutional three term limit, was unable to run for a fourth consecutive term. He was the first mayor to succeed himself since the 1800’s. He also served as city commissioner from 2009-2013, between his third and fourth terms as mayor.
Mayor May is a graduate of Frankfort High School and Kentucky State University.
Community service has been an important part of life for Mayor May. He believes it is important to have a strong community where there are opportunities for all of Frankfort's citizens. Mayor May and his family pull the community together annually to sponsor "Coats for Kids", a project that provides brand new winter coats for all school children in need in Frankfort and Franklin County. In 1987, Mayor May was awarded the Community Service Award for "Coats for Kids", but he is quick to point out that this is a project where everyone makes it a success.
Some of the civic organizations Mayor May has been involved with include Frankfort Rotary Club, Frankfort/Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, Boy Scouts of America District Chairman, Salvation Army of Frankfort Advisory Board, Frankfort Jaycees - President, Frankfort Arts Foundation - Board of Directors, P. U. S. H. Infant and Preschool - Board of Directors, Capitol Expo - Board of Directors.
Mayor May has received the NAACP President's Award and the Kentucky Sheriffs' Association President's Award.
Public safety, youth, senior citizens, the arts and neighborhood drainage problems are some of the issues Mayor May has worked hard to address during his tenure as Commissioner. Mayor William I. May, Jr. is committed to making Frankfort one of the safest, most livable cities in America, where everyone has an equal opportunity for success.