By Brendan LaChance for Oil City News
Council member Khrystyn Lutz is Ward I’s new voice on City Council and is the sole woman on the Council, but Lutz thinks that the current group of councilmembers gives the citizens of Casper a strong and diverse mix of experience and perspectives.
Lutz says she was sworn in on Monday after a family emergency caused her to miss the January 8 Council meeting and that allowed her to participate in the Tuesday, January 15 work session. She’s looking forward to next Tuesday’s January 22 Council meeting where she expects she’ll be ceremonially sworn in.
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“I’m excited,” Lutz said. “There’s a lot of stuff to be discussed on Tuesday. Unfortunately with missing the first one I feel like I’m a tiny bit behind, but I’ve been coming to the [Council]meetings since I put my name in to run for the position so its not like anything’s a surprise. But obviously, sitting in the crowd and sitting in that seat are two very different things.”
Lutz is Vice President of Operations at Pathfinder Federal Credit Union and she thinks that the accounting know-how will be very valuable to the Council.
“I’m very sensitive to numbers,” Lutz said, which she believes will help the Council on a range of issues such as those related to the budget.
Lutz wants to hear from the people of Casper rather than name a set of specific pet issues.
“At the end of the day, I’m going to fight for what the people ask me to fight for and represent,” the councilmember said.
She wants to continue the communication channels with her constituents that she says former Councilmember Jesse Morgan conducted.
“He used to do, like, coffee with the Councilman,” Lutz said. “Obviously mine would be coffee with the Councilwoman. I’ll do a couple more of those soon and try to keep those going.”
Ward I’s voice on the Council says she is optimistic about Casper and wants the city to see continued growth.
“Casper has a lot,” Lutz said. “I think it is one of those tricky things. For people who have been here for their whole lives, we have a tendency to be like, ‘Oh, you know, Denver’s a zoo!’ But for a 50,000 or 60,000 person town, Casper has a lot.”
Lutz says she is considering the upcoming issues facing the Council and those discussed at Tuesday night’s work session including the possibility of adding dog parks in Casper.
“If we are going to be more restrictive on leash laws, there need to be spaces where people can take their dog,” she said regarding her current thinking on the issue.
Lutz wants one word to come to mind when people think of her voice on Council but she also says that she means it with heart.
“Logical,” said Lutz. “I hope that doesn’t sound too cold.”
Lutz replaces Jesse Morgan as Ward I’s voice on the Council.
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