Jul 18, 2012 - By Steve Peck, PublisherLynette Jeffres is the newest member of the Riverton school board. The longtime Riverton resident was appointed Tuesday night to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of former trustee Bill Russell, who left his seat earlier this month. He is moving to Casper.
The remaining board members voted unanimously to appoint Jeffres following interviews with Jeffres and four other applicants. Trustees also met with Randy Tucker, Greg Ashdown, Ted Ray and Scott Morrow. Each had submitted a formal letter of application for the post before a 30-minute interview by the board and superintendent Terry Snyder during the past 10 days.
Before Tuesday's scheduled budget work session, the board created a one-item agenda for board action, convened in formal session, and took the vote to appoint Jeffres. She was sworn in by board chairman Carl Manning, and the board adjourned to its informal work session with Jeffres participating.
Jeffres was appointed to fill out Russell's remaining term, which expires at the end of the year. She is eligible to run for the office in this fall's general election.
"We were very pleased to have such a good field of candidates step up," Manning said. "We are excited to work with Lynette Jeffres and hope she will run for the full term this fall."
Jeffres works for the Central Wyoming College Foundation. She is a former assistant to the Riverton High School activities director and still volunteers to assist with RHS functions.
Her first formal meeting is Wednesday, the school board's annual budget meeting.
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