Goodman voted Man of the Year
Readers of the Oakland News have voted Chris Goodman the 2015 Man of the Year. As Oakland’s Mayor, Goodman oversees day-to-day operations for one of the fastest growing cities in Tennessee.
He recently sat down to answer to a few questions for our annual Readers’ Choice edition.
1) Why did you move to Oakland?
My family and I moved to Oakland because we determined it was the best place for us to move. We needed to move to a larger home as our family grew.
We decided on Oakland because the hospitality of a small town and my mother and stepfather lived in Oakland. We wanted our kids to be near their grandparents and also wanted to be closer to my mother as her health declined.
We have not regretted our move to Oakland one time.
2) What are some of the ways you give back to the community?
As Mayor, I am able to represent our town in many venues, highlighting all the great things about our community. As a volunteer in my community, I am able to give back through many efforts; Fayette Cares, FCAR, community service cleanup projects, Hope World Wide and involvement with the public schools in Fayette County (past PTO President, Career Days, tutoring and support of athletics).
3) Why is public service rewarding to you?
Public service is rewarding for many reasons: making a difference where I live, seeing the results in the community, working shoulder to shoulder with my fellow citizens to make a difference, and the ability to teach my kids the importance of giving back.
4) If I weren’t doing this for a living, I would probably be…
If I was not Mayor, I would continue to work with banking transaction systems, spend more time with my family and more time playing golf.
5) What is something you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I enjoy spending time and doing things with my family and friends, spending time reading my Bible and focusing on God, playing golf and playing basketball.
6) Who is someone that taught you the significance of serving the community?
My mother taught me the significance of serving the community. She instilled in me the need to always give back and ensure that I am a part of the community I live in.
7) What is something many people don’t know about Oakland?
Oakland was incorporated in February 1919, which will make Oakland 100 years old in 2019, Oakland Presbyterian Church at the corner of Highway 64 and Highway 194 is the oldest surviving church in the Town of Oakland and was put on the National Register of Historic Places in February 2002.
8) A typical weekday for me goes like this…
I typically am up at 5:45 a.m. to help my wife get the kids ready for school. I am in City Hall around 8:30 a.m. I work attending to business until around 6:30 p.m., then home for dinner with the family and time with kids until 9 p.m. I answer emails and review paperwork until 10 p.m., then spend time with my wife until 11:30 and am in bed by midnight.
9) What are a few exciting things on the horizon for Oakland?
Exciting things on the horizon for Oakland are the addition of new businesses, continued growth of new homes, and the continued growth of Oakland’s Parks and Recreation Department.
10) What are some goals you have for 2015?
Some of my personal goals for 2015 are to walk closer to God and give my family more focus. My professional goals for Oakland are the extension of sewer to both the east and the west ends of the town and a Master Plan that provides clear direction for the next 10 years.
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