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Casper City Council names Steve Freel new mayor

(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — The Casper City Council has selected a new mayor to serve in 2020.

Mayors currently serve one year terms and are appointed from among the nine members of council. The new mayor’s term will begin in January after the council confirms their Tuesday, Nov. 26 work session decision.

The council held a straw poll during the work session to select a new mayor.

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They selected Councilman Steve Freel as the new mayor.

The city council had also brought up the idea of extending the length of the mayor’s term from one to two years during their last meeting. However, City Attorney John Henley said doing so would require changing a “charter ordinance” already established in Casper.

The council may also increase the stipend the mayor is eligible to receive.

City council members receive $150 per meeting and the mayor receives $200 per meeting. The State of Wyoming allows up to $300 per meeting be paid to a municipality’s mayor.

The council may increase the mayor’s allowance to the state maximum per meeting to help offset gas costs and time lost due to mayoral obligations around the community and state.

Councilman Ray Pacheco said based on his experience as a former mayor, he supports raising the allowance.

Current Mayor Charlie Powell says that one benefit of raising the allowance would be to somewhat lower the bar to allow younger people with tight budgets to consider becoming mayor.