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Commissioners appoint Chidsey to museums board

Oct 11, 2012 - By Christina George, Staff Writer

The Fremont County Commission appointed Carol Chidsey of Lander to serve on the museums board.

"I am really excited to be serving on the board," Chidsey said. "Fremont County has a really unique history, and museums help in preserving and recognizing the history for our community and visitors."

Chidsey began duties as one of the five board members at the board's regular monthly meeting Thursday in Dubois.

The appointment is to fill a vacancy created from Eileen Urbigkit's resignation in August. Chidsey will serve the remainder of Urbigkit's term, which expires June 30.

Steve Faerber, Mark Wingerson and Rena Hansen also applied for the vacant board seat. Commissioners interviewed all four candidates during their meetings Oct. 2 and Oct. 9.

Vice chairman Pat Hickerson said commissioners were split between Chidsey and Faerber. Dennis Christensen, who was absent from Tuesday's meeting, phoned in to break the tie.

"I think she will be a great member to the board. I think they would have both been great," Hickerson said. "I'm pleased with the number of applications we had, and when there is a new opening, we encourage all interested to apply because we can only choose from those who do."

Chidsey told commissioners in her interview that she sought the position because she has an interest in history and would like to see more cohesiveness in the museum system, which has operations in Lander, Riverton and Dubois.

She serves on the Fremont County Historical Preservation Commission and said if she were appointed to the museums board, she would like step down from those duties.

Chidsey is a consultant for nonprofit organizations, which she said has provided her experience working with boards and administrators.

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