Speculation about whether Shawn Neary would remain on the Gillette City Council or resign his post was put to rest Tuesday night after the regularly scheduled City Council meeting.
Gillette Communications Director Geno Palazzari confirmed that Neary had submitted his resignation Tuesday. A post on the city’s website appearing after the meeting confirmed that Neary’s last day on the council was Tuesday, August 4.
Neary was appointed to represent Ward 1 in January of 2018, and elected to a full term the following November. He was appointed as Council President On January 7 by vote of the Council.
Neary was also head coach of the Gillette College men’s basketball team but lost his job when the Northeast Wyoming Community College District dropped all athletics, except rodeo, and many activities following a surprise announcement from the college in June.
Neary will be heading to Billings, where he has accepted a position as a volunteer assistant coach for the Montana State University-Billings men’s basketball program, according to a July 27 release from the college.
Neary has previously not returned several requests from County 17 for comment.
“We, on the Council, would like to thank Council President for his service to the citizens of Gillette,” Mayor Louise Carter-King noted on the city’s website. “His passion for the Gillette community was unparalleled and will be missed.”
The process to select a replacement for Neary will be announced later according to the city.