Richins appointed town attorney

by nathan oster

To replace the longest tenured town attorney in the state, the Greybull Town Council tapped a man with a long streak of consecutive municipal service in his own right.

Kent Richins, who since Jan. 2, 1989, has been the city attorney in Worland, was appointed Greybull’s town attorney during a special meeting Thursday night at Town Hall. He replaces Scott McColloch, whose service to the town came to an end at the end of 2014.

Like McColloch, Richins also provides legal counsel for several smaller towns in the area, including Basin.

Meanwhile, the other vacancy, a seat on the town council, again went unfilled.

Myles Foley is recommending Marguerite Van Dyke to fill the seat he vacated when he became mayor at the beginning of January. The council, which must endorse the mayor’s recommendation for it to take effect, didn’t consider Van Dyke because, according to Foley, she was sick and unable to attend the meeting.

The council is scheduled to discuss the position at its Feb. 9 meeting.

The council took no action on its other agenda item, one focusing on the 2014 waterline upgrades project, but did spend approximately 30 minutes later in the evening focusing on personnel job descriptions in a work session.

The job descriptions of the town foreman, town clerk, administrator/finance director and police chief were the primary focus of the discussion.

Councilman Clay Collingwood asked why Dalen Davis was considered the town foreman, when in reality, he is performing the roles of a public works director. Kathy Smith explained that the title of foreman was chosen when some of the public works director’s responsibilities were shifted over to the administrator approximately two years ago.   Collingwood said he’d like to see a title change and a wage bump for Davis.

The other major item of discussion was the police clerk position. Foley said he’d like to see it become “a half time position with the police department and a half time position with Paul (Thur), for times when he is shorthanded.”

The council asked Brenner if he could provide a daily log of the clerk’s responsibilities, which among other things, include being there during work hours for people who are required by the court to check in with the GPD. Brenner said he would do so.

Also discussed during the work session was a request by Councilman Rod Collingwood for agenda packets to be prepared for the council’s review a full week earlier than they have been historically. Right now, the council is getting them on the Friday before their regular monthly meetings. Collingwood said he’d like them two Fridays before the meeting so that he and his colleagues on the council have more time to study them.

The council also discussed the possibility of adding a second meeting every month, like Lovell and some of the larger communities. Council members sounded supportive of the concept, which was suggested by Councilman Clay Collingwood.

Thur was tasked with developing a draft of the proposed ordinance changes for the review of the full council