Nine on the Line: City Council to Interview Nine Candidates to Fill Vacant Seat
The City of Gillette has received nine applications from residents who would like to fill the vacant seat. If everything goes as planned, the appointed council member will be sworn in Jan. 2, along with newly elected councilman Bruce Brown.
Re-elected Councilmen Shawn Neary and Tim Carsrud, as well as Mayor Louise Carter-King, will be sworn in that night at the city council’s regular meeting.
The nine applicants will be interviewed Tuesday, Dec. 11, during the city council work session, which will be held in the second-floor conference room at City Hall.
Communications Manager Geno Palazzari said each candidate will have a 15-minute interview with the council, where they will be asked pre-selected questions. Much like the appointment of Neery in December of 2017, the city council will adjourn into executive session at the conclusion of the interviews and likely appoint a new council member the same night.
Here’s a run-down of each of the nine applicants:
Tamby Clawson has lived in Gillette for 36 years and is currently the branch manager at Fairmont Supply. She said she wants to serve on the council in order to give back to the community that showed her family a great deal of support during a difficult time.
DaNece Day, an associate attorney at Steven Titus and Associates, has been a resident of Gillette for 21 years. One of the reasons she applied was to make sure “Gillette continues to be the best community in Wyoming to raise a family.”
Wesley Dowling is the owner and operator of Energy Station and the Grease Barrel. He’s lived in Gillette for 22 years and his letter of interest outlines his life as an active member of the community with a background in the military, energy sector, and small business.
Richard “Cody” Harrod was born and raised in Gillette and has been a resident for 34 years. He’s currently an account manager for Komatsu Mining, formerly Joy Global. Harrod believes serving on the city council would allow him to grow and become more involved in the community, as well as provide input to current city matters.
Nathan McLeland has lived in Gillette for 34 years and is currently a managing member of M & K Oil Company. He would like to fill the vacant city council seat to ensure Gillette remains a great community and to assist in any future challenges.
Thomas Murphy has been a Gillette resident for 52 years and is the owner of Total Lawn Care. Murphy served as Mayor of Gillette from 2011 to 2013. His reason for applying is to advocate and support the Gillette City Council.
Robert Quintana has lived in Gillette for 12 years and works as the director of pharmacy at Campbell County Memorial Hospital. He’s applying to use his various skills to give back to the community.
Edward Sisti has been a resident of Gillette for 13 years and serves as pastor of the Open Door Church. Sisti is an active member of the Republican Party, and if appointed, says she would bring good leadership and integrity to the council.
Pinnacle Bank Vice President Katrin Wagner has lived in Gillette for nine years. She became a U.S. citizen in 2017. In her letter of interest, she wrote that being politically involved is the biggest privilege and duty of every citizen.