(Sheridan, Wyo.) — A local woman collecting signatures on petition to allow Sheridan residents the chance to vote on whether to have a city administrator has collected around 180 of the 523 signatures needed to call for a special election by the beginning of December. The Sheridan City Council unanimously passed an ordinance allowing for the hire of a city administrator by the city council
on Oct. 6, after two previous readings, and the city has set aside about
$160,000 of its $55 million 2015-16 biennium budget for the position.
But Vicki Taylor, who is collecting the signatures, thinks the issue should
go to the voters
In Cheyenne, Dally sister site Shortgo reports that
the Cheyenne League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan member organization who
encourage informed participation in the political process by all citizens,
is facilitating a public discussion on the issue of the proposed city
The voters in Cheyenne will head to the polls Nov. 10 to vote on whether
their city should appoint an administrator to take over several duties that
are currently under the mayor’s responsibilities. The change would take
effect in 2017, after the current term of Cheyenne Mayor Rick Kaysen.
“Cheyenne is the biggest city in Wyoming, at about 60,000 residents, and is
the only large municipality with a mayor as chief executive who runs the
day-to-day operations of the city,” Marguerite Herman of the Cheyenne LWV
told ShortGo readers.
“The people (of Sheridan) should get to vote on this. This is not something
that should be brought to us by the city, by the government,” Taylor said.
Taylor plans to be outside the Post Office, weather permitting, from around
9:30-11:30 a.m. on weekdays until she has collected enough signatures to
call for the election, or until early December. She will also be in the old
Woolworth’s Building basement under the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce
in the afternoons.
“If people want the city administrator, then come and vote for it,” Taylor
said. “I just want people to have the chance to vote for this form of
corporate government if they want it.”