8 Questions for Jackie McKinney
Gallup’s New Mayor
By Fowler Roberts
A. I could see a need for change in our city.
Q. After one week, what do you enjoy most about your new job?
A. I’ve enjoyed meeting city staff and collectively setting the goals we want to achieve for the hopes and dreams of Gallup citizens.
Q. What is the biggest challenge of your job?
A. I would say it’s feeling a responsibility to provide the highest quality of leadership – along with council – to position Gallup for its future.
Q. What is your number one priority for this coming year?
A. Unifying council and city staff so that we can provide the best quality of service for our community. Also, to implement planning to establish solid groundwork for our community’s future.
Q. What do you see Gallup’s potential as being?
A. Unlimited. Among other things, I feel we can be a destination town utilizing our diverse culture and geographic location in what I call the “Real Wild West.”
Q. What do you enjoy doing in your off time?
A. Being with my family. I also enjoy riding my motorcycle, going to motorcycle events, bowling, and sport shooting.
Q. What is your favorite movie, book and musician?
A. For a movie, I would say, Field of Dreams. I like Jack London books and music by John Kay and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Q. If you could trade places with one famous person, who would it be and why?
A. I have always admired Moses, because he was receiving a direct command from God and because of his commitment to leading his people – through his faith – to freedom.