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 Swope is a Past President of the Michigan Association of Municipal Clerks and 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.
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 continues to serve.
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.
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.