Meet the Council
Ward 1 - Click here to view ward map
Council Member Sean Peterson Term 2017-2020
1420 E. Pershing Riverton, WY 82501
I have been a resident of Riverton since 1980, graduating from Riverton High School in 1990. After graduation, I joined the Wyoming Army National Guard and worked in the community for a couple of years. In 1993, I enlisted into active duty for the US Army as an enlisted Soldier in the Field Artillery. I had the opportunity to travel and see the world while supporting numerous U.S. military operations in roles of increasing responsibility during a 21-year career in the US Army. I retired from active duty at the end of February 2015 and returned back to Riverton so my children could attend high school and prepare for their futures as well as start my college career in Secondary Education.
In my spare time, I like to volunteer helping the youth of Riverton and Fremont County. I currently serve as an assistant scout master, I am involved in the Riverton Little League where I volunteer as a coach and an umpire, and I referee for football. I enjoy spending time outdoors: hiking and fishing. I have a wonderful and supportive wife, Julie, of 22 years and four children.
This community provided for me when I was growing up and I always said that I would return the favor someday. I feel very privileged to be able to serve the City of Riverton and the rest of the City Council Members!
Council Member Kyle Larson Term 2015-2018
1007 N 16th E Riverton, WY 82501 Home: 307-850-2690
I graduated from the University of Utah in 1968 with a B.S. degree in Chemistry and a minor in Business. After working 17 years in the chemical industry for Kennecott Copper in Utah, I moved to Riverton to accept a Plant Manager position with Koch Sulfur Products and Chemical Marketing Services, where I remained for 10 years. In 1995 I started working in the mortgage origination business, organizing and funding Allstate Home Mortgage Inc. in 1996. For several years running I was their top producer, accounting for 75% of the company's total production. I became Branch Manager for Acceptance Capital Mortgage Inc. in 2009 and remain in that capacity to date. In addition to my 20 years in the mortgage origination business, I helped organize the Wyoming Association of Mortgage Brokers where I was elected to serve as Treasurer. I consider it an honor to serve the citizens of my ward as their City Council Member.
Ward 2 - Click here to view ward map
Council Member Rebecca Schatza Term 2018-2020
212 Mesquite Circle
I was raised in Riverton, Wyoming and graduated from Riverton High School with the class of 2004. I worked in the community for a couple years before joining the United States Marine Corps. During my time enlisted I had the privilege of serving in numerous rewarding billets including Marine Drill Instructor and Marksmanship Instructor Trainer. I had the opportunity to serve in many military operations all over world. I completed my eight-year enlistment in April 2015 and returned home to be close to my family. Once returning home I married my high school sweetheart, Drew Schatza, choosing to stay in Riverton and serve our community. I have continued my service in the government and currently work for a Federal agency.
In our spare time my husband and I enjoy riding four-wheelers, fishing, boating, playing softball, golfing, and hunting. We see all the community has to offer and we do our best to attend local fundraisers. My dog Pepper and I enjoy running on the Rails to Trails and to our many local parks. I volunteer on a few local committees focused on the betterment of Riverton including the Riverton Splash Pad Group, Solutions Committee, and the Parks Committee.
I believe it is important to give back to the community who made me who I am today. It is truly an honor to serve the city of Riverton and I look forward to positively representing this community.
Council Member Lance Goede Term 2017-2018
503 N. 2nd East, Riverton, WY 82501 307-851-9178
I was born and raised in Wyoming, first in Casper, then Pinedale, where I graduated from high school. I went on to the University of Wyoming to complete my undergraduate degrees in Sociology and Psychology, then my Master's degree in Counseling. I met and married my wife Kelly in Laramie, and our son, Joshua, was born there.
I have lived in Riverton and worked at Central Wyoming College since 1995, first as Housing Manager, then Director of Student Life, and now as the Director of Student Success, overseeing academic advising, counseling, disability services, and all retention efforts. I served for 13 years, from 2001-14 on the Fremont County Alliance Against Domestic Violence, including as chair, as well on the Fremont County Prevention Coalition and Suicide Prevention Coalition over the last several years. In addition, I also have the honor to have been appointed by the Governor to serve on the Mental Health Professions Licensing Board since 2005 and currently represent Fremont County on the University of Wyoming Alumni Association Board of Directors. I enjoy hunting, fishing, and most other outdoor activities, always enjoying our big, wonderful Wyoming!
It is a great privilege to serve on the Riverton City Council and I will work hard to represent the residents of Ward 2 and the wider population of Riverton to the best of my ability.
Ward 3 - Click here to view ward map
Council Member Mike Bailey Term 2015-2018
811 S. Federal Blvd. Riverton, WY 82501 307-856-2227
I graduated from Riverton High School in 1978 and from Central Wyoming College in 1980, earning a degree in Business Management. My wife June (Osborne) Bailey and I are both life-long residents of Fremont County and together have nine children and six grandchildren. I enjoy spending time with my family, participating in political events, staying abreast of legislative activities at the local, state and federal levels, and piloting private aircraft.
At the age of 12 years, I entered the family business as a full-serve island attendant and have worked full time in the business since 1976. Working my way through almost every position in the company, learning and moving up the ladder, I became President and CEO of Bailey Enterprises in 2002. Whether working at one of our convenience or tire stores, or pouring coffee at the café, I proudly wear the company’s uniform along with my employees.
Feeling the importance of being active in the local community, I am currently serving as the Chairman of the Riverton Police Foundation. I have also served as Vice Chairman on the City of Riverton Planning Commission, past President of the Leadership Fremont County Board, past President of the Riverton Business Leadership Network, past President of the Sertoma Club (now the REACH Foundation), and past President of the Riverton Kiwanis Club. I look forward to serving Riverton as a member of the City Council.
Council Member Tim Hancock Term 2017-2020
607 Glacier Circle Riverton, WY 82501 307-840-1206
I was born in Lander to Russell and Natalie Hancock and I was raised in Riverton. I graduated from Central Wyoming College in 1998 with an associate's degree in music. I then attended the University of Wyoming and completed a bachelors degree in Criminal Justice in 2001. I served as a full-time missionary from 2002 until 2004 in the Hiroshima Japan area. I returned to the states in 2004 and resumed my studies at U.W. where I met my wife, Kara. I completed a Masters degree in Public Administration in 2008 while I was working as the academic director and teaching English as a second language at the ELS Language Center on the U.W. campus.
I began law school in 2008 and completed my law degree in 2011. I worked for a year as a law clerk for Judge Arnold in Cheyenne. While a law clerk, I learned about the opportunity to work as a prosecutor in Fremont County and my wife and I moved back to Riverton in 2012 and I have been working here since then. My wife and I are the parents of five children who keep us on our toes.
I am excited to serve the City of Riverton as a representative of Ward 3. I am humbled by the trust that the citizens of Ward 3 have placed in me and I will do my best to serve the citizens.