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Cheyenne host Public Open House for Judge Joseph M. Carey Cheyenne City Center

Mayor Orr and City of Cheyenne host open house for Judge Joseph M. Carey Cheyenne City Center.
Mayor Orr and City of Cheyenne host open house for Judge Joseph M. Carey Cheyenne City Center.(KGWN)
Published: Aug. 6, 2020 at 10:42 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Cheyenne Mayor, Marian Orr and the city of Cheyenne held a public open house for people to tour the inside of the Judge Joseph M. Carey Cheyenne City Center.

“Our community has given this gift to itself, and it’s going to be one that will last for generations to come,” Orr said.

Cheyenne Mayor, Marian Orr, speaks at the open house for Judge Joseph M. Carey Cheyenne City Center
Cheyenne Mayor, Marian Orr, speaks at the open house for Judge Joseph M. Carey Cheyenne City Center(KGWN)

The building was named after Judge Joseph M. Carey, who also served as Cheyenne’s 14th mayor. According to his Grandsons, Bill Brewster and John Brewster, Carey was the youngest U.S. attorney at 24 years old.

“He stood up for what he believed in,” Bill Brewster said.

He was a Wyoming governor, a member of congress, a U.S. senator who represented Wyoming, and was appointed to the first position of the associate justice of the Wyoming Territorial Supreme Court.

Cheyenne host open house for Judge Joseph M. Carey Cheyenne City Center.
Cheyenne host open house for Judge Joseph M. Carey Cheyenne City Center.(KGWN)

The building was funded through the 6th Penny Sales Tax, and was a part of the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) project. According to city project manager, Ben Hornok, the 6th Penny Ballot Measure approved for nine million dollars towards the project of the Joseph M. Carey Cheyenne City Center. In addition, the City of Cheyenne added four million dollars towards the project.

“To take something that was unusable and now we got this building that I think will benefit the citizens of the city of Cheyenne for a long time to come,” Hornok said.

One of the many hallways inside the Judge Joseph M. Carey Cheyenne City Center.
One of the many hallways inside the Judge Joseph M. Carey Cheyenne City Center.(KGWN)

Members of the City of Cheyenne, such as Juvenile Court Judge, Ronn Jeffrey, seemed to like the new building down to the details of each courtroom.

“The space is designed to say ‘we want to hear your story, we want you to feel that you’re getting a fair opportunity to tell that story, and most importantly, you will be listened to,’” Jeffrey said.

The Juvenile courtroom inside the Judge Joseph M. Carey Cheyenne City Center
The Juvenile courtroom inside the Judge Joseph M. Carey Cheyenne City Center(KGWN)

Municipal Court services will begin in the new building on August 31, 2020, where there will also be a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

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