Gillette’s city administrator will soon take over the position as city manager in Casper. Carter Napier will replace V.H. McDonald, who announced his retirement in April amidst controversy surrounding his office and the police department. The appointment is subject to city council approval.
Napier admitted he is somewhat anxious to step up into the job following the turmoil, but he’s confident it isn’t anything he hasn’t dealt with before. His first job out of graduate school was in the Casper city manager's office when he was assistant city manager under Tom Forslund from 1998 to 2003. He then left to be the Riverton city administrator.
Napier said once he begins in July, the budget will be a priority of his.
“I want to wrap my head around the finances and try to understand where those are and what the recommendations are from a budget stand point, and try to understand how the departments are faring financially and so forth,” said Napier.
Some of his other priorities will include beginning the hiring process for the Casper Police Chief and getting aligned with the goals of the city council.