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Candidate Questionnaire: Troy Thompson for Laramie County Commissioner

Troy Thompson (Courtesy of Troy Thompson)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Cap City News has sent out a questionnaire to those running in the primary election in August. The following are the answers from Troy Thompson, who is seeking re-election for a Laramie County Commissioners seat. Answers are edited only for clarity and style.

Who are you? (Name, where you’re from, employment, hobbies, etc.)

Troy Thompson. I was raised in Cheyenne and graduated from Seton Catholic High School in 1989. I graduated from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, with a degree in Animal Science in 1993. While at Cornell, I was a Cornell National Scholar, a Cornell Tradition Fellow and a First Team All-Ivy League football player. I graduated from Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine with my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1997. I was an associate veterinarian at Avenues Pet Clinic for two years before purchasing Tri-State Veterinary Clinic. I have been a practicing veterinarian and small business owner since then. I have coached youth football for the past 16 years and I enjoy hunting, fishing and being in the mountains. I am married to Beth McNamee-Thompson from Pine Bluffs and together we have eight children, one still living at home.

Why have you decided to run for office and what do you hope to accomplish should you be elected?


I originally ran for commissioner because it was time to give back and serve the community that I have lived and raised my children. I am running for reelection because I enjoy being a commissioner and serving the people of Laramie County. There are tremendous things going on in our community and it is an honor to be a part of those things — most notably the construction of the voter-approved senior center. At the same time, we are facing challenges that call for a strong, experienced leader.

How do you plan on accomplishing your goals?

By continuing to work with the other commissioners and elected officials to make intelligent, rational decisions based on conservative values.

What experience do you have that qualifies you for the office you are seeking?


I have been on the county commission for 12 years. During that time, I have served as chairman on two separate occasions. I have also served on the board of directors and the executive committee for the Wyoming County Commissioners Association, serving as president for two years. I have seen and I understand the problems that commissioners face and I have been a part of solutions for those problems for 12 years.

Do you feel you could be a good steward with taxpayer dollars? Why or why not?

I have proven over the past 12 years that I am a good steward of taxpayer dollars. During the COVID pandemic, Laramie County was able to maintain our current workforce while other governmental entities and private businesses were forced to lay off workers. This didn’t happen by accident. This was possible through conservative budgeting, for many years, prior to the pandemic. My record of being a fiscal conservative stands strong.

On the issue of transparency, where do you stand on ensuring all public business is conducted openly and in a manner that encourages public attendance?


I am very much in favor of transparency and as the current chairman of the commission, I assure all of our meetings are open to the public. I have thoroughly reviewed and understand the open meetings statutes and I use them in our decisions to use executive sessions when necessary, and only in accordance with the law.

How have you made your office or board more transparent and open with the public?

I was on this commission when the decision was made to make wholesale changes to our formal commissioner meetings. This included going paperless with our board packets and, more importantly, livestreaming and archiving our commissioner meetings for everyone to observe. This made Laramie County significantly more transparent than it had ever been in the past. During the pandemic, we enabled remote public participation in our meetings. We have continued with this post-pandemic, enabling anyone anywhere to participate in the Laramie County Commission meetings.

If you were presiding over a meeting and a topic was being discussed that you didn’t fully understand, would you ask for a more detailed explanation during the meeting or would you seek the information after the meeting?


I routinely ask for further information when discussing a topic. I do not vote on an issue without fully understanding the implications of the issue. One of my favorite parts of being a commissioner is working problems from the dais while listening to all involved parties and working for a compromise.

Should you be elected, or reelected, do you plan on seeking any major policy changes in your chosen office? If yes, what would those changes be? If no, why not?

If reelected, I hope to continue my policy of fiscal budgeting and putting Laramie County employees first. I will continue to keep an open door policy and work with residents of Laramie County to solve problems that affect their everyday lives. I will continue to make intelligent, rational decisions based on honest family values.