“He’s a good man,” said Southport Mayor Jesse Testruth. “He’s a good public servant. He’s very outgoing for the city. He’s a good person for the job.”
McKinney’s initiation came about with the resignation of Councilor Nick Schmoll, who can no longer serve because he is moving outside of the city. The Perry Township GOP voted on a list of candidates and approved McKinney to fill the spot.
McKinney, a 28-year Southport resident who will serve on the council through the end of 2015, is retired from IndyGo and is a chaplain for the Southport Police Department. He attends Fellowship of Christ Baptist Church in Beech Grove. He and his wife, Linda, have two kids at home, three that are grown and act as foster parents for the state.
“I’m looking forward to doing the best job I can do and hopefully help the city grow closer together,” McKinney said. “We have done a lot the last three years, a lot in the parks and with the street fair. I am involved in anything that goes on in Southport. It’s a good community and a great place to live in. The only way it will stay great is if we get involved in our community.”