JOHNSON OFFICER SEEKS MAYOR’S SEAT
LINCOLN — A former Lincoln police officer is running for the open position to serve as mayor of
Lincoln for the next four years.
Mayor Rob Hulse announced in January that he did not plan to seek a fourth term as mayor of Lincoln.
Chris Porter, 38, has lived in Lincoln for 12 years and has worked in city and county government for more than 18 years.
Porter started his law enforcement career with Crawford County Sheriff’s Office and the Crawford County Coroner’s Office. He has worked for Broken Arrow, Okla., Police Department; Washington County Sheriff’s Office; Prairie Grove and Lincoln police departments; and now is with Johnson Police Department.
He currently is enrolled at Columbia Southern University and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Porter has two children attending Lincoln schools and said he enjoys attending and supporting Lincoln sporting events.
Porter’s other involvements include serving as president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 82.
The Enterprise-Leader asked the Lincoln mayoral candidates to answer the following questions
about running for office.
Question: Why are you running for this position?
“To help ensure the City is doing everything it can to improve in all areas of the city government.”
Question: What do you consider are some of your qualifications to serve as Mayor?
“I have worked in both city and county government for over 18 years. During this time I have not only been employed, but have done my best to excel in all areas of the job functions in which I’ve worked. I have knowledge of what the job entails and ideas on how to improve upon the current operations of the city.”
Question: Do you have ideas for local improvements that you think have not been discussed or considered publicly?
“I would like to see the city leaders and employees of the city attend more training to become more proficient in performing their jobs. I would like to have a company come in and evaluate the city for growth opportunities for the future and to give recommendations to the city leaders on how to improve the quality of the city.”
Question: What do you see as some of the issues the city will be facing in the next 5-10 years?
“The city needs to be looking into bringing some businesses back into Lincoln or I am worried the city’s tax base, even with the potential new sales tax on the ballot, will not be what it is today.”
Question: Is there is any other information you would like to share about yourself as a candidate for elected office?
“I have been proud to serve in the roles I currently serve in and want to continually do my best to serve the citizens in my official capacities. I look forward to having the chance to serve the City of Lincoln in the role of Mayor and feel the city will move forward in a positive direction if I am given a chance to implement some of the ideas I have for the city.”