I was born in Neodesha Kansas in 1959, lived there until 1970, then lived in Illinois for 12 years, and returned to Southeast Kansas in 1982.
I established residency in Independence, Kansas in February of 1982, and have lived, and worked in the community ever since.
I have co-owned a small engine repair business, Hixon Lawn and Garden, along with my father, which we eventually disolved due to my father's health, then later operated a Lawn Care Service for a couple of years, then worked as a Quality Control Inspector at Teledyne-Independence, then was employed with Four County Mental Health Center from 1994-1998.
I am currently an Independent Contractor for an Online web based community called Talk City, which is based in Campbell, California, and also freelance in Computer Graphics, and Web Design.
I am the Proud father of 2 Wonderful Children, Heather Hixon 22, and Ryan Hixon 19, of Independence.
I am a Kansas Certified Emergency Medical Technician, (EMT) and I am a Firefighter with the Montgomery County Rural Fire District 1 - Independence Division, and have been a member since 1989, I also serve on the Board of Trustees of Montgomery County Rural Fire District 1, and have held the office of Board Secretary for the past 3 years, and was elected to a fourth term on the Fire Board in November of 2000.
I am a past President of the Independence Lions Club, serving 1993-1994, and a past Christmas Light Chairman for the Main Street Project.
I filed for the office of City Commissioner, because of a strong belief in public service, and a strong desire to help make a difference in our Community.
Some of the areas that intend to focus on, should I be elected, are: Zoning, Growth, Development, and Public Safety.
One big issue that is facing Independence, is the current study underway by the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) that may involve a bypass around the entire city, of US-75 highway, a move that would cause a major economic depression on every aspect of our City. Currently, no one at City Hall seems to be concerned about this potentialy disastrous situation. As your Commissioner, I will work hard and diligently to attempt to prevent a bypass of US-75 around Independence, so our business, tourism, and economic interests are protected.
Another issue that I will address, is the current Zoning regulations that have been put into place that hamper economic growth and development of future business that want to locate in Independence. Deliberate sabotage of zoning regulations in order to protect our downtown business structure, is not the answer. As your Commissioner, I will work to remove those barriers, and to attract new business to Independence. New businesses mean new jobs, new jobs mean new residents, and new residents mean increased shopping, housing, and all around economic improvement for the entire City, both downtown, and beyond.
Public Safety is an issue that is very important for all citizens. I have been involved in emergency services in Montgomery County since 1989, and feel that I have a good deal of first hand experence in the needs of the various departments, and will make issues of public safety: Police, Fire and EMS a priority as your Commissioner.
I am not bound, or swayed by any special interest groups, and if elected, will work hard to remove the keys to the City of Independence from a choice few, and return them to their rightful owners, which is the entire Citizen population of the City of Independence.
I believe everyone has a right to voice their ideas, a right to be heard, and to have a Commissioner that will take those voices to City Hall, and to make sure that they are heard.