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Q: Tell us about yourself. How long have you been on the city council? Why did you want to be on the council?
A: My name is Thad Crispin. I grew up in Chrisman. I am Commissioner of the street and alley department as well as the parks department.
I have been on the council for two years. I wanted to be on the city council to be more involved and try to make a change.
Q: What are the most important issues facing the city government?
A: The most important issue facing the city is lack of funding. With fewer businesses in town, we see less money coming in. Meaning it takes more time to build up funds to get bigger projects done. It also makes it harder to hire more people to get more done.
Q: What are your greatest strengths as a City Commissioner?
A: My greatest strength is having done city work before. I know what it takes to get things done. I also know how difficult the job can be, therefore, I am able to help the employees in the most efficient way to handle a task.
Q: What do you consider to be your weaknesses?
A: My weakness would be not being in town to observe more. Working out of town makes it difficult to stay on top of issues in a timelier manner. I rely on citizens and employees to let me know of concerns whey they arise.
Q: What improvements do you think Chrisman needs?
A: The city needs many improvements but lack of funds sometimes makes it difficult. Starting with out water and wastewater. Luckily, we are working on those. City sidewalks are also a growing concern. Many need repaired or replaced.
Q: What achievements do you think Chrisman has had since you’ve been on the council?
A: Our waterline from Paris is a big achievement but also our park pavilion. The pavilion was in disrepair so getting a new one built and finished will be great for our park and community.
Q: What goals do you have for improving our town?
A: Goals for our town is to help improve as much as we can. We want to keep this town in great shape to try and make it where people want to keep coming here. Try and keep the small-town charm and also make people feel safe.
Q: What can the people of Chrisman do to help you in making our town better?
A: I think the biggest thing the citizens can do is please be patient with us. We are doing the best we can with what we have right now. With wages going up, its harder to hire more help.
With that, it slows our progress down some but in time things will get done.
Q: Do you plan to run for re-election?
A: It is still up in the air.