Dec 4, 2013 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff WriterCalling it "probably the worse-kept secret in the world," Riverton city councilman Eric Heiser announced his resignation Tuesday night, effective Dec. 31.
"It's been a tremendous pleasure to serve you," Heiser said to his constituents. "I hope that I've achieved your expectations."
Heiser will be leaving Riverton to accept a position as associate dean at the School of Applied Technology at Salt Lake Community College in Utah, where he will supervise 22 faculty members and three campuses.
"Sometimes these opportunities in life present themselves, and you have to jump at them," he said.
"It's bittersweet news. It's tough to leave the state that you grew up in, and I'll always be from Wyoming."
He was appointed to the council in 2005 to fill a vacancy and ran unopposed in two elections since then.
"The confidence that (voters have) shown in me means a lot, and I know the responsibility that comes with it," Heiser said. "One regret will be that I won't be able to serve out the term."
Heiser had one year left to serve in his current term.
"I feel that we're losing a very bright young man, and we hate to see him go," said Mayor Ron Warpness, who also described him as an "unusual and thoughtful" individual who looked at issues in a unique way and offered different perspectives.
Heiser served on the city's finance committee and was vice chairman for the School District 25 Recreation Board. He also served as member of the community and economic development committee in the National League of Cities. He was active in adult softball in Riverton and is familiar as a high school football and basketball official statewide.
Before college, Heiser worked as a sports director at KTRZ radio in Riverton. He later became a graduate of CWC, where he received an associate's degree in business administration. He then completed a bachelor of science in business administration and masters in adult and post-secondary education from the University of Wyoming. He is working on his doctorate in education and human resource studies from Colorado State University.
After earlier positions dating to 2005, Heiser became an assistant professor of business at Central Wyoming College 2008. He worked in the Workforce Development and Training program and taught business and computer technology courses. He later became the director of the Rural Justice Training Center at CWC. Heiser's voice is heard when calling CWC's main phone line.
During a recent visit to his new residence in Utah, Heiser said he noticed several flags and signs outside homes representing their support for the University of Utah.
"My brown and gold sign will be coming with me," he told the council, referring to University of Wyoming colors. "It will be in the yard the day that we move in."
Heiser thanked the community and acknowledged the support he has received recently and over the years.
"I know that the staff that we have and the current council will do the best that they can for the citizens of the city of Riverton," Heiser said.
He will be making the move with his wife and daughter and will occupy his new position in January.
The vacant seat on the council will be filled with direction from the city council and mayor. Details of that process will be announced soon.
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