Casper City Council is looking for its newest member, following the unexpected resignation of Councilman Todd Murphy in mid-April of 2017.
The search comes during a rocky time for Casper City Council, following not only the resignation of Murphy, but also the expedited retirement of Casper City Manager V.H. McDonald. During the same week as McDonald’s retirement announcement and Murphy’s resignation announcement, a Fraternal Order of Police survey was presented to the Council, detailing concerns in leadership and morale at the Casper Police Department.
Criticisms between members of City Council, as well as criticisms of and from the Casper Police Department, have played out in the media over the past several weeks. Some citizens taking time during a City Council meeting, April 18th, to make their feelings known to council about the recent developments in City Hall. Some residents saying that they were “embarrassed” to live in Casper, as a result of Council’s behavior.
Murphy said in a letter, that was later quoted in the media, that his reasons for resigning would remain private.
Murphy was a Councilperson serving Ward II in the Oil City. Ward II is informally described by the city as being located between South Poplar Street on the east and River West on the west.
Individuals interested in serving on the Casper City Council are asked to submit an application and resume ́ to the City Manager’s Office, 200 North David Street, Casper WY 82601, no later than 5:00 pm, Monday, May 15, 2017.
The term of this vacancy will start after public interviews in late May, and end December 31, 2018. This Council position may choose to run for the remainder of the unexpired term in the general election of November 2018. The new Councilperson will be appointed by the current council
To qualify for the position, applicants must be registered to vote in Natrona County and a be a resident of Ward II since at least May 1, 2016.
To obtain an application, please go to www.casperwy.gov or visit the City Manager’s Office.