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New victim coordinator introduced

Jan 8, 2014 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer

Riverton Police chief Mike Broadhead presented the new victim witness coordinator for the City of Riverton during Tuesday's Riverton City Council meeting.

Cindy Gustin is replacing Carroll Westlake in the position.

Westlake retired in 2013 after working for the RPD since 1997.

Gustin has worked for the University of Wyoming and in Ethete, where she used her degree in social work.

Broadhead said she comes to the RPD victim witness coordinator job with a "pleasant personality."

Riverton Mayor Ron Warpness welcomed Gustin and told her she had "big shoes to fill," referring to Westlake's retirement.

The victim witness coordinator program assists victims of crimes with services through the criminal justice system.

The coordinator works to ensure that victims receive positive and sympathetic treatment in the legal system and also helps victims cope with the effects of the crimes personally.

Riverton Mayor Ron Warpness also asked the council to vote on a change Tuesday from the minutes of the last city council meeting where it said he read a press release regarding the

Environmental Protection Agency's decision that declared Riverton as Indian Country. Warpness asked the council to amend that statement in the recorded minutes to say "the City strongly disagreed with the EPA's opinion declaring that the area surrounding Riverton is Indian Country."

His intent to change the statements, he said, was to be more clear and confirm the disagreement the city has with EPA's decision.

The amendment was voted on and passed by all council members.

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