Town of Wheatland seeks new member for council

New Town Councilman Tony Montoya being sworn in by Judge Vicki Mickelsen while his wife Lisa Montoya watches with their granddaughter, Sofie. Sitting at the bench are Mayor Brandon Graves (left) and Councilman Alan Madsen.

WHEATLAND – Two new Town of Wheatland Councilmen were sworn in at the last Town meeting. First timer Tony Montoya and veteran Alan Madsen.
Long-time Wheatland resident Montoya ran a successful write-in campaign to claim the seat vacated by Thane Ashenhurst who declined to run again this term. Madsen is going into his fourth four-year term on the Council.
Councilman Jamie Schindler is looking to step down from his post as his wife accepted a job in another town. They have put their house on the market and hope to sell soon to move to the new location leaving his seat open. Anyone who is interested in serving on the Town Council should write a letter to Mayor Brandon Graves and send to Town Hall at 600 9th Street in Wheatland. Graves will recommend a candidate and the Council will vote to approve or decline.
Madsen explained this is the perfect opportunity for a community-minded individual to try out public service without the four-year commitment or the stress of running for an elected office. There is only a year and some months left on Schindler’s term. When the term is up, the appointed councilmember may either run for the office officially or step down.
Town meetings are held every second Monday of the month at Town Hall at 7 p.m. and are open to the public. Right now, they are also broadcast live on You Tube.


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