Meeting to Select County Attorney Names Tonight, Commissioners Schedule Meeting

Campbell County Attorney Ronald Wirthwein, Jr. with Other Elected Officials at a Swearing in Ceremony on January 7, 2019 (H/t Campbell County, Wyoming Government/Faceboook, Public Domain)
Campbell County Attorney Ronald Wirthwein, Jr. with Other Elected Officials at a Swearing in Ceremony on January 7, 2019 (H/t Campbell County, Wyoming Government/Faceboook, Public Domain)

Local Republicans will meet tonight to select three names to forward to the Campbell County Board of Commissioners for the selection of a new Campbell County and Prosecuting Attorney. The position became available after the resignation of Ronald Wirthwein, Jr. (County 17, Oct. 22).

In an email to members of the central committee, Chairwoman Vicki Kissack shared that three applicants had submitted their names for consideration by the committee. Two of the applicants, Kyle A. Ferris and Jonah Buckley, work for the county attorney’s office now. The third applicant, Mitchell H. Damsky, works in the Campbell County office of the Wyoming Public Defender (County 17, Nov. 6).

Tonight’s Campbell County Republic Central Committee meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at the CAM-PLEX Heritage Center.

The process to fill vacancies in elected office in Wyoming is generally addressed in Wyoming Statute § 22-18-111. When a vacancy is found to exist in a county elective office (through resignation, death, etc.), the local board of county commissioners notifies the chairman of the county central committee of the previous incumbent (the person whose resignation, death, etc. created the vacancy). The local party chairman then has 15 days to call and hold a meeting to select three names to present to the board of commissioners. Commissioners then have five days to make a selection from that list.

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Tonight’s meeting will likely be largely symbolic, as the local central committee is tasked with providing three names and only three applications were received.

Commissioners schedule meeting to make selection

The Campbell County Board of Commissioners has scheduled a special meeting for Nov. 11 at 3 p.m. to fill the county and prosecuting attorney vacancy. The meeting will be held at the courthouse and is available via Microsoft Teams. No public comment will be taken.

Editor’s Note: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated the Campbell County Board of Commissioners Special Meeting would be held on Nov. 3. It has been updated to Nov. 11, which is the correct date contained in the notice.