Council taps Peterson for Ward 1 seatSep 2, 2015 By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer
The Riverton City Council and Mayor Lars Baker welcomed K. Sean Peterson to office Tuesday after a secret ballot vote to fill a vacancy on the municipal governing board.
The officials had conducted individual public interviews with applicants Peterson, Patricia Granlund and Phil Lavoie. After an executive session, the council made its private selection using paper ballots.
The Ward 1 seat was vacated by council president Jonathan Faubion after his resignation became effective in July.
"This is really fascinating to me," Baker said before the council announced the person who received the most votes. "I don't think we can make a bad choice."
Each council member asked the same question of all three candidates. Each person talked about his or her reason for applying and discussed thoughts about public service. The applicants also responded to questions about how they would handle a council decision they may not agree with.
Peterson served in active duty for 22 years with the U.S. Army and was deployed several times. He has been a resident of Riverton since 1980 and is a graduate of Riverton High School.
He is a Central Wyoming College student pursuing a secondary education degree and plans to become a high school teacher.
"I've always been somebody who likes to serve and help out," Peterson said.
While on active duty, Peterson was assigned to a senior leadership team that helped rebuild and restructure villages in Afghanistan.
"I've been put through many stressful situations, and I handled them very well," he said. "I've learned how to deal with pressure."
Peterson said being a public servant means showing residents how he can help, and being involved in the community. He said listening to the people is helpful in developing a course of action. He also noted that youth services and activities were needed in Riverton to keep juveniles out of trouble.
Council member Lee Martinez encouraged Lavoie and Granlund to run for city council again in two years.
"All the candidates were great," Martinez said.
The council president and vice president will be elected during the next regular council meeting.