WACO meets in LanderSep 24, 2013 By Eric Blom, Staff Writer
Good turnout expected from state's county officials
Registration exceeded expectations for a statewide conference of county officials this week in Lander. The Wyoming Association of County Officials meets in the county seat Tuesday to Friday for educational events and to hold its general assembly.
A total of 305 people registered for the event, up from organizer and Fremont County Clerk Julie Freese's early estimate of 250 to 275. The larger influx of visitors could mean more trade for local businesses.
The association of officials is composed of county commissioners, clerks, clerks of district court, sheriffs, treasurers and coroners, attorneys and assessors from across Wyoming.
Organizers hoped conference-goers would fill hotels across Lander and spill over to other parts of Fremont County. They also expected the county officials would bring business to local restaurants and shops.
By mid-morning Tuesday, about 50 people had checked in, and the association's secretary-treasurer, Deidra Henderson, expected the rest to arrive that evening or the next morning.
The conference schedule calls for a reception at the Fremont County Pioneer Museum and Museum of the American West on Tuesday evening. State officials, including Matt Mead, are to address the conference Thursday morning.
State Sens. Cale Case, R-Lander, and Eli Bebout, R-Riverton, also are on the schedule for Thursday.
Two workshops kicked off the conference Tuesday morning. About 80 officials gathered to hear Kent Noble discuss the Code of the West and to sign a pledge agreeing to abide by it.
A smaller group heard a presentation of using geographic information systems in county offices.