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Hancock seeks Ward 3 council seat against two opponents

Aug 3, 2016 By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer

Fremont County deputy prosecuting attorney Tim Hancock is trying to land a seat on the Riverton City Council this year to represent Ward 3.

"I love Riverton and see a lot of opportunity for improvement," Hancock said."I think my perspective and abilities can help make changes that would benefit the city."

Also vying for the spot is former city council member Rich Gard and Randy Watson. The council seat currently belongs to Martin Cannan.

Ward 3 lies west of North Eighth Street West in the vicinity of Riverton Regional Airport.

Background

Hancock has never run for a city council seat, and his only elected position was as the president of the University of Wyoming J. Rueben Clark Law Society for one year in 2010. However, he says his work as a deputy prosecutor for the last four years in Fremont County gives him an advantage that the other candidates may not have.

"It gives me perspective as to what people dealing with substance abuse issues are going through, which I see as serious issues we deal with in this city," he said."As part of that position, I have worked as the city prosecutor and gotten familiar with many city employees and some of just how much the city does."

Hancock received his law degree and master's degree in public administration from the University of Wyoming. He said the master's degree focused on public processes and issues in governance, which he thinks would help him if he is elected as a city council member.

Hancock was an academic director at the English as a Second Language Center at UW from 2005 to 2008. He was a law clerk for Wyoming district Judge Peter Arnold in Cheyenne until 2012 after graduating from UW then took his current position with the county attorney's office.

Young member

Age is certainly a factor to consider when voting for a council member, Hancock said, noting that people in his age group usually are not involved in city government.

His candidacy provides voters with an opportunity to help a younger Riverton resident get involved in city government, he said.

Hancock is 33 years old and is married to Kara Hancock. Together they have five children.

"Ithink people in my generation need to do betterputting themselves out there and becoming involved," he said. "I think that it would be good to have someone with young kids on the council to talk about issues that we think are important for the city to discuss."

Hancock said the city is heading in the right direction now, but more focus can be put on recreation and infrastructure.

Fewer youth would be getting in trouble if there were more things to do in Riverton, he said, and more families would be glad to live in the Rendezvous city.

He thinks local government also should continue its push to improve city streets, because roadways are some of the first things people notice when they visit Riverton.

On a final note, Hancock encouraged residents to learn about all candidates and vote in the primary election Aug. 16.

Hancock is an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and is a youth leader for the young men's program in the church. He's also a Venturing Crew Advisor for Crew 4276 and helps the scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 276. He is involved in the community concert band and jazz big band at Central Wyoming College.

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