Scott Conner, 31, is an Argentine Township trustee, planning commissioner, and police officer. He attended the LERTA Police Academy in Fenton Township and has been a police officer since 2016. Conner decided to run for the position of trustee to ensure his local government was transparent.
What’s the hardest part about being a police officer? What’s the best part?
The hardest thing about being a police officer is seeing people at their worst times. People call the police when they need help so naturally we are going to meet them in unfortunate circumstances. From deaths, domestics, home invasions, assaults, to anything else — we must respond to it all.
I think in a way, this can also be the best part. We exist to help people in their time of need and to protect people from those who have no regard for the wellbeing of others.
Why did you decide to run for trustee?
It’s been one of the best things I’ve done with my life and I hope to continue for as long as I can. One thing that I have done that the public enjoys is making the Facebook page “Scott Conner Argentine Township Trustee” where I post notes about meetings, events, and share lots of useful information about our township. Keeping the residents informed is one of my top priorities. If a local government is not checked by the public on a regular basis, it becomes the norm that information is not passed on properly.
What’s it like being on the Planning Commission?
Being on the Planning Commission allows me to be first-hand involved in the formation of ordinances, improvements for our community and the development of new homes and businesses within our township.
Do you also run the police department’s social media?
I am the primary social media operator, in addition to Chief (Dan) Allen and Sgt. (Doug) Fulton. We take a different approach than other police departments in terms of social media. A department’s Facebook doesn’t have to be boring and mundane, and we make sure ours is not.
I’ve discovered that people pay more attention and subconsciously retain the information within a humorous post. Plus, we like to have a little fun, too, and our residents love it. We currently have over 3,400 likes, and are always building our audience. The more likes we get, the better informed our residents are.
How do you balance everything?
Proper sleep and the ability to “disconnect” while I’m not working is a big part of surviving my busy lifestyle. The Do Not Disturb feature on my smartphone is a necessity. I take on a lot of responsibilities within the police department, as well as the township, but also remind myself to take time for myself when I need to.
What’s your favorite thing about this community?
The potential. We have the resident base and land to do so much more with our community. We currently don’t have a lot of community-based events, which is something I would like to see in the future.
What’s your favorite candy?
If someone were to give me a shopping cart full of Peanut Butter Twix, I wouldn’t complain.
If you wrote an autobiography, what would you call it?
“How to Step on a Lego and Keep Walking.”
Who’s your favorite character from a movie?
Jeffrey Lebowski from “The Big Lebowski” because “the dude abides” meaning he endures and accepts whatever life throws at him and is at peace with things he can’t control.
Who’s your favorite band/musician?
Since I was a small child, I remember an old VHS copy of the Pink Floyd concert “Delicate Sound of Thunder” that my dad would play all the time. It was played so much the tape eventually wouldn’t work anymore, but obviously, we have the DVD now. I knew the words to Pink Floyd songs before most kids knew the words to nursery rhymes.
What’s your definition of success?
I think success is a self-defined term. To me, if I do everything I can to make myself and the people around me happy, I’ve succeeded. I don’t measure success on the amount of money I have, or if I have vacation homes in other states, or if I’m connected to more political figures than the next person, because if you do that, that’s all you’ll have. I always tell people — make a goal, then a plan, then do it. Don’t let yourself fail, and don’t make excuses for why you’re going to fail.