Interim CFR and CPD chiefs settling into new roles

Cheyenne Fire Rescue's Station One Thursday morning.
Cheyenne Fire Rescue's Station One Thursday morning.(Will Thomas)
Published: Jan. 14, 2021 at 3:32 PM CST
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - It’s been 10 days since Cheyenne Mayor Patrick Collins was sworn into office on Jan. 4. It was also the day that Cheyenne Police Department’s, Capt. Nathan Buseck, took over as interim chief of CPD and John Kopper took over as interim chief of Cheyenne Fire Rescue. When it comes to the transition for Buseck, he said it’s going well.

“The police department’s designed in such a way that really we can deal with crisis, and deal with some mayhem and still work our way through that, so it’s very smooth.”

Buseck said he’s excited about where CPD is right now and the direction its heading in. He said 2020 was a tough year for law enforcement in general, and wants to thank the men and women of CPD for their hard work.

When it comes to the vision he has for the department, he wants to continue strengthening CPD’s relationship with the community.

“I value the relationships we have with the community because those are what gets the community through crisis, and through events that are even going on in the country now where there’s some division, and we have to understand that it’s part of our job to work together as a group to try to find the best resolution for everybody.”

Buseck said he has applied to become the chief full time, and looks forward to seeing how the process plays out.

For CFR interim chief, John Kopper, he said his focus right now is the health, safety and welfare of the men and women of CFR. Kopper also said he hopes to be with the organization long term.

“My focus is to affect change, and as long as I can do that and I’m still having fun, and I’m affecting that change, then absolutely I want to be a part of this organization, and I work for them, they don’t work for me, I work for them.”

Kopper said he’s been getting to know his crew and listening to their questions and concerns. He said right now, another one of his focuses is developing a self-assessment of CFR’s major programs. It would be able to show what CFR is doing well and what it can improve on. Kopper said he and CFR also want the community to know that they are here for us.

“I want the community to realize that the men and women of Cheyenne Fire Rescue are providing the absolute best service they can. You’re calling us on your worst day and we want us, collectively as an organization, for you to know that we have your back.”

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