Hunt, Van Dyke join town council

by nathan oster

Marquerite Van Dyke and Marvin Hunt were appointed to the Greybull Town Council on Monday night, ending a four-month long stalemate and putting the council at full strength for the first time since Myles Foley took over as mayor in January.

The council spent three months trying to fill the seat Foley vacate.

The resignation of Rod Collingwood seemed to break the logjam, however. Rod Collingwood had sided with Scott Mattis in the view that letters of interest should be sought to find the best candidate for the seat vacated by Foley.

The mayor felt otherwise, saying repeatedly that he should have the power to appoint someone, with the blessing of the full council. He refused to go the route of asking for letters of interest. Councilman Clay Collingwood expressed support for the mayor’s position.

Rod Collingwood resignation, however, created not one, but two vacancies.

The three remaining council members required very little time Monday filling the vacancy.

First up was Van Dyke. Foley asked for one of the council members to move for her appointment. Clay Collingwood and Mattis moved and seconded, and with no discussion, she was appointed unanimously and sworn in.

When the time came to fill the second seat, Collingwood moved and Van Dyke seconded to appoint Marvin Hunt. With their two votes, along with the mayor’s, his appointment was approved — over the objection of Mattis, who voted “nay.”

Seated in the audience was Darcie Wisehart, a former member of the Greybull school board and a Greybull High School graduate. After the appointments were finalized, Mayor Foley thanked Wisehart for writing a letter to the town, expressing her interest in the seat.

Hunt has previous experience on the council. He served a four-year term, “sometime in the late 1990s and early 2000s.” A former railroad employee, he’s now an entrepreneur and owner of Flex Specs.

He and his wife Cheryl have three daughters: Chelsea, Jessica and Emma.

Marvin can be reached by phone at 765-9212.

Van Dyke is a Wisconsin native who moved to Greybull in 2003. She had expressed interest in the seat, citing her love for the community and desire to serve and make it a better place to live. She is single and has no children.

Professionally she works a full-tome job as deputy county clerk at the Big Horn County Courthouse in Basin. She has been in that position almost five years.

Marquerite can be reached by phone at 250-1407.

As new appointees, Hunt and Van Dyke will serve until the next municipal election in 2016, at which time they will need to run for re-election if they want to continue on the council. Clay Collingwood’s term will also be up at that time.