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VIDEO: Minchow sees 50 years’ exp. at Rocky Mountain Power translating into Casper leadership skills

Casper City Council candidate John Minchow. (City of Casper, Youtube)

CASPER, Wyo. — The Casper City Council interviewed nine candidates to fill a vacant Ward 1 seat on Tuesday, September 15. The council selected Jai-Ayla Quest after interviewing each of the nine candidates.

Each of the candidates shared some things they think Casper needs to see. Each candidate was asked to address the following questions:

  • Explain why you want to serve on the city council.
  • Describe your qualifications and how they will benefit the City of Casper.
  • How have you been following the council’s activity lately? Please explain the current issues that the city council is facing at this time.
  • Are you willing to run for re-election in 2022?
  • Tell us about your availability to serve the time commitments of council meetings and board meeting throughout the week and the month.

Candidate John Minchow, who has worked for Rocky Mountain Power for 50 years, said that he thinks the experience he has gained over the years working for RMP and at the Dave Johnston Power Plant would translate into skills valuable as a member of the Casper City Council.

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Minchow said he was born and raised in Casper and has been a resident for 69 years.

“I’ve seen this town grow,” he said. “I’ve seen it go through tough times and everything.”

Minchow said that he thinks that there will be some hard decisions facing the city from an economic perspective, with things like the downturn in coal and other minerals affecting Wyoming’s revenue picture.

He said that his friends and neighbors have been encouraging him to consider running for city council. Minchow said he has been involved in management at Dave Johnston since 1979.

He’s helped lead multimillion-dollar projects such as turbine overhauls, noting that not only has he written scopes of work for such projects, but has also helped with the work itself and helped track budgetary issues.

He’s also been in charge of the utility crew at the plant and has been involved in fleet management, conducting budgeting and planning for management of things like heavy equipment and vehicles.

Minchow said that he currently takes care of Dave Johnston’s own water system and waste disposal treatment plant. While that may not be on the scale of the city’s involvement in water and waste treatment systems, Minchow said that his experience gives him a good sense for the kinds of issues that entails.

He said that in his time with Rocky Mountain Power, he has held “all types of jobs” and that he has been at different times representing both management and supporting the interests of the union.

Minchow said that his experience gives him a good understanding of how negotiations operate and an understanding that there is “always a give and take” between the interests of various parties.

Minchow said that he would bring the same level of commitment to the city council that he has to his job for the past 50 years, adding that he has spoken with Rocky Mountain Power about his interest in serving on city council and that the company is willing to give him the flexibility to meet the time commitments of serving on the council.

Minchow said that he would run again for re-election in 2022 if appointed. While he said serving on the city council would be something new for him, he is a fast learner and thinks he would pick up what is needed quickly.

The full list of the nine candidates who were interviewed Tuesday for the vacant Ward 1 seat were as follows:

  • Dennis Rollins 
    • Independent film and television producer
  • Jacqueline Anderson
  • Kimberly Holloway
  • Zarryn Hinchen
    • Founder of Artemisia Dining
    • Butcher at Brattis Meat Market
    • Former kitchen consultant at Wyoming Food for Thought Project
    •  Application & Résumé
  • Wes Connell
    • Senior pastor at River of Life Church
    • Director of Cascade Coffee Shop
    • Owner of NeXus Design Group
    • Professional life coach 
    • Application & Résumé
  • David Hulshizer
  • Shannon O’Quinn
  • Jai-Ayla Quest
    • Program specialist for the Mass Violence and Atrocities Program at the Stanley Center for Peace and Security
    • Mother of three-year-old twins
    • Application & Résumé 
  • John Minchow
    • Employer listed as Rocky Mountain Power – Dave Johnston Power Plant
    • Application

The candidate interviews can be streamed via the City of Casper’s YouTube channel: