Council members Gena Jensen, Kyle Gamroth, and Vice Mayor Lisa Engebretson at a Casper City Council meeting in The Lyric (Stew Dyer / Oil City News)

CASPER, Wyo. — The vacancy in Casper’s Ward I, resulting from the recent resignation of former Mayor Bruce Knell, is set to be filled via a structured process approved by the Casper City Council.

According to state regulations, it’s up to the City Council to appoint a replacement for such vacancies. The individual selected will serve in this role until Jan. 7, 2025, with an election for the position set for November 2024, as outlined in a council memo.

The city has traditionally utilized a set of predefined questions to evaluate potential candidates. This approach helps to understand their drive to serve, their qualifications, their knowledge of contemporary city matters and their availability to attend council and board meetings.

For residents interested in representing Ward I, the application and selection timeline is:

  • Beginning Sept. 27, applications can be accessed on the city’s website.
  • The deadline to submit applications to the City Clerk’s Office is Oct. 12.
  • Candidate interviews will take place during the extended pre-meeting on Oct. 17.
  • The swearing-in of the newly appointed councilor is slated for the onset of the regular meeting on Oct. 17.

Ward 1 is bounded by Poplar Street, separating it from Ward 2 to the west. The east boundary, which separates it from Ward 3, is marked by Bryan Stock Trail, which becomes South Beverly Street, followed by East 21st Street and then South McKinley Street down to the city limits.

The memo can be found below. Note that the schedule has changed from the original memo and Oil City News’ previous coverage.

Due to ongoing and extensive renovations at City Hall, the City Council met in The Lyric, 230 W. Yellowstone Highway, at 4:30 p.m. The meeting was open to the public. Those interested can watch a video of the meeting on the City of Casper YouTube channel.