CHEYENNE, Wyo. (KGWN) The Cheyenne City Councilmen gathered on Dec. 3 for the annual Straw Poll Dinner at Poor Richard’s Restaurant. Current City Council President Rocky Case called 2019 an enlightening year before Dr. Mark Rinne was voted by voice as the 2020 Council President and Jeff White as the incoming Council Vice President.
Councilman White of Ward I says being a representative has been the honor of his life and he looks forward to continuing to grow downtown and decrease the blight. 2019 is his fourth year serving and he is currently the Chairman of the Finance Committee.
“The obstacles that we’ve been able to overcome so far, we’ve seen a lot of progress and a lot of buildings that have been vacant for a long time but we still have a lot of work to do,” said Councilman White.
Dr. Rinne of Ward II has served more than 20 years on council and says it’s an honor and that it is humbling that his peers are confident in him to be the 2020 Council President.
“We’ve come a long way in making Cheyenne a much more desirable place to live and I think that’s exciting and I think those efforts are paying off because with all the growth we’re starting to see now, I think we’re getting to critical mass and we’re going to keep on growing and keep on rolling,” said Dr. Rinne.
The formal vote for the 2020 Council President and Vice President will be on Monday, Jan. 13. All of the councilmen were present while Mayor Orr chose not to attend after sending the following email after the last Straw Poll vote:
First and foremost, I want to apologize for walking out of your straw poll dinner this evening.
I was disappointed that while I took the time to attend as a non-voting member to attend the straw poll, a member of council chose not to vote.
While I understand this is perfectly acceptable- it’s your vote .... I felt my time was really not needed. Had I rejected the offer to attend your straw poll dinner - there likely would have been sentiments and word expressed about my lack of attendance.
I offer this up for future straw polls: it’s your council. It’s your vote. There is no need to include the mayor - it only adds to any awkwardness as well as the busy holiday schedule a future mayor will keep.
I look forward to very driven discussions on the future of the city, your role, and the role of the community in the coming months in the remainig time left of this administration.