5 Questions for Chris Schock
(Sheridan, Wyo.) County 3 News sent 5 questions to all of the 11 candidates running for county commissioner.
#1: What is your background and why are you running for office?
I served as Mayor of Clearmont for 4 years. During my time as Mayor I was able to replace streets and water
lines by using 1 cent optional tax money and Cap Tax money to match grant money from the State Land and Investment Board. I was on the Wyoming Association of Municipalities board. I testified before the State Revenue Committee several times on the financial
condition of small towns. I worked with DEQ during the closure of the landfill in Clearmont. I also negotiated a contract with Wyoming High Department and Burlington Northern for a Railroad quiet zone in Clearmont. I’m running for Sheridan County Commissioner
because I want to serve all of citizens in Sheridan County and I believe I can help steer towards a better future for Sheridan County.
#2: What are your thoughts on economic development and diversification activities? Do you have a vision for Sheridan County? How would you go about funding it?
Seventy percent of our revenue comes from coal, oil and the gas industries. During a boom in the mineral industry the economy is great for the State of Wyoming but when the mineral industry is in a downturn
the economy in the State of Wyoming is a scramble for funding the services that the citizens have grown accustom to. We need to diversify our economy so that we can have a steady revenue stream at all times. We need to assure that young people who graduate
from our schools can stay in Wyoming and earning a living to raise their families in Wyoming. The young people are the life blood of the future of Wyoming. The vision I have for Sheridan County is to steer towards a better future but make sure we hold on to
everything we love about Sheridan County. We can fund the diversification by leveraging the one cent and cap tax revenues for grant money from the State and Federal government.
#3: What would your priorities be for allocating one-cent funds?
The one cent funds have been instrumental for the improvements at the HUB or formally known as the Senior Center. This would be one of my funding priorities. Also the air service in Sheridan is vital to diversifying our economy. This would be another priority.
There are many programs that use the one cent tax that would have to be reviewed case by case for prioritization of the revenue from the one cent tax.
#4: Being a County Commissioner takes a lot of time. How do you plan to balance the time requirements with your own career or life?
Currently I’m retired from the Air Force and I have been blessed financially. I look at the job as Sheridan County Commissioner as a full time commitment and would treat it as such. I would be available to all the citizens
of Sheridan County at all times because the citizens are my employer. When I was Mayor of Clearmont I treated that position as a full time job.
#5: What do you think the proper role of the County Commissioners is at the state, regional, and national level?
The proper role of the County Commissioner is to represent and look after the well being of the County residents at all levels of government at all times.