Reyes out as City Attorney, interim replacement announced

An eagle statue outside of City Hall.
An eagle statue stands tall outside of the main entrance of City Hall.

Anthony Reyes has resigned as city attorney as of Sept. 7, according to a Wednesday morning announcement from the City of Gillette.

“I am leaving my position as city attorney to spend more time with my family in Cheyenne,” Reyes said in a Sept. 8 statement. “I will continue to consult with the city to ensure a smooth transition to a permanent replacement.”

Reyes replaced Patrick Davidson as city attorney in 2017 when Davidson accepted an offer from the City Council to serve as city administrator.

During his time with the city, Reyes played a pivotal role in several major issues, including the 2020 debacle surrounding the resignation of Councilman Shay Lundvall, currently a Ward Three councilman, and the fallout that resulted in public outcry calling for the resignation of Gillette Mayor Louise Carter-King.

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Reyes also had a hand in drafting ordinances, that were ultimately approved, allowing residents to house chickens as well as permitting and regulating the delivery of alcohol in city limits.

“I will continue to consult with the city to ensure a smooth transition to a permanent replacement,” Reyes continued. “I would especially like to thank the mayor and all the members of the Gillette City Council since 2017 for allowing me the opportunity to work in such a special place. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with the City of Gillette and will miss the many friends I have made.”

While the search for Reye’s permanent replacement gets underway, the city has turned to Amanda Esch of the Davis & Cannon law office in Cheyenne to take over as interim city attorney.

Hailing from Sheridan, Esch is a University of Wyoming College of Law graduate and fifth-generation Wyomingite. She practices in general civil litigation, employment law, local government law, and natural resources, according to the Davis & Cannon website.