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CHEYENNE – Mayor Marian Orr on Friday announced staff hires at the City of Cheyenne.
Brendan Ames will serve as Chief Economic Development Officer. Additionally, Kris Jones will be appointed to City Clerk, pending City Council approval, and the Engineering Department has hired Wesley Bay as Deputy City Engineer, Anissa Gerard as Traffic Engineer, and Molly Bennett as Senior Staff Engineer.
Chief Economic Development Officer
As Chief Economic Development Officer, Ames serves as business liaison to developers and entrepreneurs. He is responsible for developing and implementing an economic development strategy for the City of Cheyenne.
"I'm really excited to take on this new endeavor. Throughout my professional career, I've had the opportunity to work with small businesses and some of the largest companies in the world, navigating the ins and outs of Public/Private relationships,” said Ames. “In that time, I've learned that we have a lot of interest from local and national companies that want to invest in our community. Cheyenne's business climate is ripe for opportunity for businesses of all sizes. I hope to build upon our foundation and help fuel the successful growth of this great city."
As a sixth generation southern Wyoming and northern Colorado native, Ames will transition into his new role after serving as a Real Estate Development & Investments agent with Coldwell Banker. After graduating from Central High School, Ames earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California (USC) where he was a student-athlete competing on the track and field program.
Jones replaces outgoing Clerk, Carol Intlekofer, who will retire from her post on December 31.
Jones has a long history of serving the community of Laramie County and the City of Cheyenne with over 30 years of public service that has fostered community relationships.
“I am excited to begin the next phase of my career as the City Clerk and look forward to continuing to serve the Cheyenne community” Jones said of her hire.
Jones’ public service in Cheyenne began at the City County Health Department where she participated in the administration of various public health programs for approximately 14 years. After her tenure with the City County Health Department, she was hired by the City of Cheyenne and served as the Engineer’s Office Manager for over two years before accepting the position of the Executive Assistant to the City Council which she has held for the past 14 years. During her time with the City Council, Jones has worked closely with the public, elected officials, and City staff and has acquired valuable experience and knowledge of City government.
Deputy City Engineer
Bay enters his role with the City of Cheyenne after 12 years as a Project Engineer for the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT). As Deputy City Engineer, Bay will supervise the technical review of plans, reports, and specifications as they relate to engineering projects. This includes responding to drainage concerns, coordinating and enforcing floodplain regulations, and providing complex and administrative support to the City Engineer and Public Works Director.
“I’m happy for the opportunity to join Cheyenne’s Engineering team and look forward to working to enrich our great City.” Bay added.
Bay earned a Bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering and a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Wyoming.
Gerard has been hired as the City’s Traffic Engineer and will be responsible for developing goals and objectives, establishing priorities, and overseeing the activities of staff responsible for professional traffic engineering duties.
Gerard holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Transportation Engineering from the University of Iowa where she also earned a Master’s degree in Transportation Engineering and a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. Her Doctorate studies -- focusing on transportation and weather analytics – resulted in Gerard holding a patented product through the University of Iowa.
“Cheyenne is a beautiful city and I look forward to making great things happen for the city! I love it here!” Gerard stated.
As Traffic Engineer, her role will feature project management duties and preparing design plans, specifications, standards, and plans related to traffic signals, traffic control systems, transportations systems, illumination systems, and traffic safety improvements. Gerard will also be at the helm of traffic related ordinances along with conducting complex traffic and transportation studies.
Prior to her arrival in Cheyenne, Gerard was the President of VIA-WISE.
Senior Staff Engineer
As a Senior Staff Engineer, Bennett is responsible for the review of engineering and planning documents, reports, and construction plans for development and City projects. This includes plats, site plans, and right-of-way vacation requests and construction plans to assure compliance with City standards and ordinances. Additionally, Bennet will act as a project manager for City projects as they relate to design and construction.
“This opportunity kind of fell in my lap and I cannot express my excitement.,” Bennet said. “The people are great, and I love that I get to make an impact in the wonderful place I call home.”
Prior to her arrival in Cheyenne, Bennet served as an Engineer for the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT), an Assistant Civil Engineer for Olsson Associates, and as a Mining Engineer with Thunder Basin Coal Company.
Bennett holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Wyoming. She currently serves as President for the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Wyoming Section State Board.