SHERIDAN – City Councilor Levi Dominguez has resigned from Sheridan City Council. Dominguez accepted a position as a deputy with the Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office and felt he would be unable to fully commit to council duties during his transition and subsequent training. The resignation is effective immediately.
“I will be very busy the next year training and traveling to the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy in Douglas, Wyoming. I feel it is necessary for me to be 100 percent focused on my new career and my family. I also believe the Sheridan residents of Ward III deserve someone who can be 100 percent committed in serving them as their representative in which I will no longer be able to fulfill,” Dominguez wrote in a statement he read during council comments following Monday’s regular meeting.
Dominguez noted in his statement that he ran on a platform of seeking to open the lines of communication between city council and the community, and that he hopes he delivered on those promises. He also urged his fellow city councilors to continue to listen to their constituents and remember why they were elected to their positions as representatives.
Dominguez will begin his position with the Sheriff’s department in February. He will train with the department for several months before receiving 14 weeks of training at the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy in Douglas.
City Clerk Scott Badley said the city will begin accepting applications for the open council seat immediately. Resumes will be reviewed and eligible candidates will be interviewed by the council. Final candidates will have a public hearing before the council in a regular or special meeting and be chosen either at that meeting or at a subsequent time.
Whoever is chosen as the interim councilor will have to run for the seat in the 2014 primary and general elections, Badley said. If he or she wins the election, he or she will serve the remainder of Dominguez’s term through 2016, rather than a full four-year term. The 2014 election will now include two open council seats in Ward 3 and one seat each in Wards 1 and 2, Badley said.
Fellow council members each expressed their gratitude for Dominguez’s service and wished him well on his new endeavor. Dominguez was elected in 2012 and took office in January 2013.
In other business, the council approved an ordinance to alter the boundary between Ward 2 and Ward 3 near Sheltered Acres Park. The change was made as a technical clean-up due to Legislative redistricting following the 2010 census, Badley said. It will prevent split ballots during elections.
Split ballots occur when one district, precinct or ward requires two or more ballots to be printed to correctly record votes within the same precinct. Several addresses along South Main Street between Montana Street and Brock Avenue will be moved from Ward 3 into Ward 2, which is represented by councilors Alex Lee and Kristin Kelly.
The council also approved a resolution that will enable Rehabilitation Enterprises of North Eastern Wyoming to apply for a grant to conduct a feasibility study to explore the option of building a Brain Injury Center in Sheridan. The center would be used to house all patients with an acquired brain injury in one location in order to better serve them and their unique needs, City Planning and Development Director Robert Briggs said.
See the full story and additional details about Monday’s city council meeting in Tuesday’s edition of The Sheridan Press.