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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.”


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