CASPER, Wyo. — The Casper City Council will interview 10 people who have applied to fill the vacant Ward 1 seat left by the departure of former Council member Khrystyn Lutz on Tuesday, September 14.
The council on Tuesday, September 7 decided to move up the start time of the regular work session to 4 p.m. and hold the candidate interviews starting at 5:30 p.m. The council also agreed to allow one candidate to interview virtually.
City Manager Carter Napier said that staff has prepared some suggested questions for the council to ask candidates. He said that while the set of questions could be adjusted, it is important that all ten candidates be asked the same set of questions.
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He noted that the city council would be able to ask follow-up questions of candidates if they so choose.
City council members will be able to provide possible questions to city staff by Friday. Council members Kyle Gamroth and Bruce Knell both said they would like to see a question added asking candidates whether they are up to date on the current work of the council.
City staff said that candidate interviews in the past have typically involved giving the list of questions and asking candidates to speak on those questions during their allotted 10 minutes. However, Knell and Gamroth both said they would prefer a format in which the council asks candidates questions one at a time, a format that would allow a little more room for the council to ask follow-up questions.
Once the council completes the interviews of the 10 candidates, it will enter into an executive session and provisionally select a candidate to fill the vacancy. A formal vote to confirm this selection will take place on September 21.
The interim council member will be asked to serve from Sept. 21, 2021 to Jan. 3, 2023 — the remaining term of Lutz, who resigned because her family moved to Lander.
The new council member could run for election in November 2022 if they are interested in possibly keeping a seat on the council in 2023.