Gregory Schreurs is sworn in by Municipal Court Judge Jeremy Michaels at the Gillette City Council meeting Oct. 6, 2020.
All of Gillette’s six City Council seats are once again filled.
During the regularly scheduled City Council meeting Oct. 6, Gregory Schreurs was sworn in by new Municipal Court Judge Jeremy Michaels.
Schreurs was chosen from a pool of six candidates during a special council meeting last month to fill the Ward 1 seat vacated by Shawn Neary, who resigned this summer after accepting a position with the Montana State University-Billings men’s basketball program.
Schreurs has been a Gillette resident for 22 years and is a retired Major with the U.S. Air Force and a retired managing partner with K2 Technologies, where he was a senior network engineer until 2016.
During Schreurs’ September interview with the council, he expressed interest in seeing the city expand infrastructure, particularly in areas involving fiber-optic internet services, to attract new business to the area and diversify the economy.
During the public comments section of the meeting Tuesday, Gillette resident Renee Edwards objected to the way in which Schreurs’ appointment was voted on behind closed doors during the council’s executive session in September. Edwards, addressing Schreurs directly, assured him that she supported him as a councilman but took exception to the secret vote.
The current council is composed of an even mix of elected and appointed members, with Nathan McLeland, Laura Chapman and Schreurs all having been appointed to their positions, according to City of Gillette Communications Manager Geno Palazzari, while Tim Carsrud, Bruce Brown and Billy Montgomery were elected by popular vote.
The Ward 1 seat now occupied by Schreurs won’t come up for election until 2022. In this November’s general election, incumbent Bruce Brown will face Eric Hanson for the other Ward 1 seat, incumbent Billy Montgomery will vie for his Ward 2 seat against Mark Junek, and both Ward 3 seats are contested, with incumbent Laura Chapman facing a challenge from Shay Lundvall, who held her seat until his June resignation over Facebook posts he liked. Bob Vomhof faces incumbent Nathan McLeland for the other Ward 3 seat next month.