Parts of Morris’s political philosophy seems bound to conflict with that of Tucker, who has been at the police department for 32 years and has been chief for five. Asked about his competition, Morris said Tucker seems like a “nice guy.” He said it’s healthy to have more than one person on the ballot.
Tucker, too, said he thinks having multiple people run for office benefits the public.
“Whenever anybody’s interested in putting their name into the political arena, I think it serves the public interest,” Tucker said. “I applaud him for doing the work. I know what it takes to go out there and get the signatures.”
Tucker intends to remain police chief while he campaigns.
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Police chief v. state rep salaries
- Base salary as police chief: $106,063 in fiscal year 2013
- Extra compensation: Tucker received $52,172 extra pay in fiscal year 2013.
- Base salary as state rep: $61,133
- Extra compensation: Representatives also receive an allowance for expenditures that varies based on their distance from the Statehouse.