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Floyd PetriFloyd PetriBy Chris Edwards
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CHESTER – Long-serving Chester mayor Floyd Petri resigned on Monday, according to city secretary Annette Hickman.

She said Petri stepped down as mayor due to health reasons. Petri was serving his third term as Chester’s mayor. Chester City Council member Robert Poynter, who was appointed mayor pro-tem, will step in to serve as mayor.

Petri, who had a long career in law enforcement prior to heading the City of Chester, was first sworn into office in 2016.

During his tenure as mayor, Petri passed a resolution making Chester a Second Amendment Sanctuary in 2019. Chester was the first municipality in the state to pass such an ordinance, which was done in response to Red Flag laws.

Poynter said he is saddened that Petri has had to step down for health reasons. He called Petri a “super guy,” and said the former mayor’s gutsiness and his willingness and dedication to look out for Chester’s citizens were big reasons for him moving to Chester.

Poynter said he plans to look at some economic development opportunities for the city. “I’m going to work really hard with the city council,” he said. 

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