About City Clerk Chris Swope

Chris Swope has a long history of public service, having served as an Ingham County Commissioner, policy analyst for the Michigan Senate, and benefits administrator for the Michigan House of Representatives. He was elected Lansing City Clerk in November 2005 and took office on January 1, 2006. He was reelected in November 2009, November 2013, and November 2017.  Chris was the first openly gay elected city official in the State of Michigan.  

Chris Swope is the current President of the Michigan Association of Municipal Clerks; he also serves on the Legislative Committee and represents the association on the Council of Election Officials. He is also serving his second stint as President of the Capitol Area Municipal Clerks Association.

As a Certified Master Municipal Clerk, Chris is considered an expert in Election administration often piloting new equipment, computer programming, and auditing procedures. Clerk Swope is a member of Michigan's Election Modernization Advisory Committee. 

In addition to being a small business owner, Chris serves community in other capacities as member of the Ingham County Park Board,Tri-County Regional Planning Commission, and the Lansing Rotary Club.

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In 2008, after less than three years as Clerk, Chris received the designation as Certified Municipal Clerk (CMC) from the International Institute of Municipal Clerks and has now achieved the Master Municipal Clerk  (MMC) designation. In 2011, Chris was recognized as City Clerk of the Year by the Michigan Association of Municipal Clerks.

Chris Swope's community involvement in Lansing began with serving on Mayor David Hollister's Police/Community Relations Board. In January of 2000, he was appointed to the Clinton-Eaton-Ingham Community Mental Health Board, where he served until April 2019..

Chris Swope took office as an Ingham County Commissioner in 2001, and was reelected twice before resigning to become Lansing City Clerk. His service on the Board of Commissioners included serving as Board Chairperson Pro Tem and Chairperson of the County Services Committee. He was also a member of the Michigan Association of Counties Environmental and Regulatory Affairs Committee.

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Chris Swope served as a member of the Michigan Judges Retirement Board, to which he was appointed by Governor Jennifer M. Granholm. As Lansing City Clerk, he serves on the Tri-County Office on Aging Consortium Board, and is past Chairperson; he also delivered Meals-On-Wheels through the organization. He represents the City of Lansing on the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission, where he currently serves as Treasurer.

Chris Swope has also devoted time and energy to community and non-profit organizations. He has served on the Boards of both the Eastside Neighborhood Organization and the Westside Neighborhood Association. He is a past President of the Lansing Association for Human Rights (LAHR). He has sat on the Board of the Lansing Branch American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). He served two years as the Executive Director of Michigan Equality (now Equality Michigan), a statewide LGBTQ advocacy organization.

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