City of Cheyenne Planning and Development Director, Robert Briggs AICP, has accepted the position of Planning Director with the Northern Wyoming Community College District (NWCCD). He begins his new position in mid-July, returning to Sheridan.
“I have enjoyed working with everyone here. It’s a fantastic team.” Briggs stated. “I think Mayor Orr has a vision and a direction she would like to take the city. We’re seeing some projects that have languished break loose and start to move forward. We’re also seeing collaboration happening at the Department Director level for the benefit of the community as well as employees. A lot of things you’d want to see happening, are. It was not without a measure of sadness, and not without feeling torn, that I made this decision.”
At NWCCD, Briggs will focus on economic development projects and campus planning.
“It is a chance to go into higher education, an opportunity that I had been seeking out years ago.” Briggs added.
“He changed the culture for the positive and set the bar very high.” Mayor Marian Orr said of Briggs. “What he brought to the position is experience I will look for again – which is knowing how to work with our building community, the Wyoming Business Council, LEADS, and our Chamber to put deals together. That’s critical. It takes that Wyoming know-how. We’ll be casting a wide net.”
“It’s been terrific working with Robert. He’s a smart, sharp guy with a great attitude. He did a phenomenal job and will be missed. Right after he arrived in Cheyenne he made it clear that his department would have a solution-oriented mindset. I expect us to hold onto that concept and carry it forward.” Orr added.
A national search will commence immediately for his replacement.