Police Chief Mike Broadhead introduced Cindy Gustin as the RPD’s new Victim Witness Coordinator at Tuesday night’s meeting. Gustin replaced Carol Westlake who retired late last year. (Ernie Over photo) 

(Riverton, Wyo.) – Applications for the two vacancies on the Riverton City Council are now being accepted through noon on January 31st with interviews and possible appointments on February 4th. City residents interested in serving on the city council should submit a letter of interest to city hall by that deadline.

Following the Riverton City Code, the city council Tuesday night declared the Ward I and Ward III seats previously held by Eric Heiser and John “Lars” Baker to be vacant. Heiser resigned after accepting a job at Salt Lake Community College and Baker resigned at the last meeting in December to avoid a conflict with state statutes dealing with Wyoming Retirement System rules. He had retired from his position with the Fremont County Weed and Pest Control Department, but because he also received a small stipend from the city that went into his state retirement plan, he had to resign his council position as well in order to fully retire. Baker said he would reapply for his seat after a 30 day wait, per state statute.

In other action, the city now has an ordinance that would allow residents to complain about door-to-door salespeople. Passed on third and final reading was ordinance #13-011 that requires residents to post a sign prohibiting solicitation on their homes or property.

Police Chief Mike Broadhead said the new ordinance provides a tool for police to respond to complaints where one did not exist before. “It will be helpful in the long run,” Broadhead said. “It maybe clunky, but it will give us a tool.”

The ordinance came about after a series of complaints this past summer over aggressive salespeople peddling vacuum cleaners and cleaning products from door to door. Broadhead originally had sought a permit and registration for such sales people, but the council opted for residents to take responsibility rather than implement something that would require the time of city staff. Language from the new ordinance is copied below:

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