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Cheyenne BOPU announces member change

Cheyenne Board of Public Utilities member Jeff Fassett was sworn in during their Nov. 20 meeting. (Photo courtesy of BOPU)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The City of Cheyenne Board of Public Utilities recently bid farewell to a longtime board member and said hello to a new one, according to a press release.

At its October board meeting, the board thanked board member and secretary Matthew Pope for his service. Appointed on Sept. 9, 2013, Pope, a Cheyenne native and president of First Interstate Bank, served as a member for the past 10 years.

The BOPU welcomed Jeff Fassett as its newest board member. Fassett was sworn in on Nov. 20 and looks forward to fulfilling the board’s mission to “sustain Cheyenne’s essential water resources to realize our community’s potential.”

A University of Wyoming College of Engineering graduate and former Wyoming State Engineer, Fassett brings his expertise in water rights, water resource engineering, policy and water-related law to Cheyenne’s complex water supply system, the release states. Fassett’s career as a leading water professional spans over 45 years including work in Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska.

“I sincerely appreciate this appointment by Mayor Collins and for the opportunity to serve and contribute as a member of the BOPU Board of Directors,” Fassett said in the release. “I hope my professional engineering experience in water resources and water rights management will contribute to while complementing the efforts of the BOPU staff and my fellow Board members in advancing the purpose, strategic direction and mission of the Board of Public Utilities.”

Additional changes to the Board of Directors include newly nominated Board President Allan Cunningham and Board Secretary Keith Zabka. Mary Guthrie and John Edwards will also continue their service as members of the BOPU Board of Directors.