Meet the Council

Ward 1 - Click here to view ward map

Council Member Cory G. Rota  Term 2019-2020Cory Rota

1000 Pinecrest St, Riverton WY 82501    307-851-1289

I was born in Alpena, Michigan and moved to Riverton in 2003 where I attended Riverton High School and graduated with the class of 2006.  After graduating, I attended CWC for a few semesters where I studied business management and administration before becoming a full-time manager at my previous employer.  I am now a Mail Carrier for the USPS and have done so for the past 5 years. 

I married my high school sweetheart, Whitney (Forbis), who was born and raised in Riverton.  Together we have three beautiful little girls and have started two small businesses locally.  My daughters are the main reason why I have become so active in the community.  I want them to grow up in the best possible environment.  We believe Riverton is that community and I want to ensure we do our best to keep it that way. 

I have been a member of the local Masonic fraternity in Riverton for 10 years now and I have also been involved with the Riverton Jaycees, Riverton Parks Committee, Big Brother Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Club and Mission Possible. I have donated countless hours to many of our local charities and fundraisers throughout the community.  I enjoy networking and socializing, listening to podcasts and audio books as well as discussing new ideas and concepts. I am always looking to learn and understand new things.  

I look forward to working my hardest and keeping the momentum Riverton offers on a positive pace.  I consider it an honor and feel so humbled to serve on the City Council for the City of Riverton.


Kyle LarsonCouncil Member Kyle Larson   Term 2015-2022

1007 N 16th E, Riverton WY 82501    307-267-7530

 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

Rebecca SchatzaCouncil Member Rebecca Schatza   Term 2018-2020

212 Mesquite Circle, Riverton WY 82501   843-368-5744

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.

Karla BordersCouncil Member Karla Borders   Term 2019-2022

816 N Federal Blvd, Riverton WY 82501    307-840-1473

I was born and raised in Riverton, graduating from Wind River High School.  I then raised a family in Riverton, having two children, Kris and Kourtney.  I graduated with two degrees from Central Wyoming College – an AA in General Studies and an AAS in Business Management – and now work for the State of Wyoming.  I have a long history of service to the community, including serving as an Election Judge, current Head Election Judge, long-time Contributor and Designer to the CES Festival of Trees, Empty Bowl, Night to Shine, Fremont County Business Leadership Network, local Softball, Riverton City Parks Committee, Christian Motorcyclists Association, Leadership Fremont County, Heart of a Leader and many others. Riverton is a wonderful, family-oriented community and it is my home.  I am proud to serve and happy to make any contribution I can toward the betterment of our community.

My husband David and I enjoy our fur babies – Rottweilers, Max and Chesty – spending time with family, riding motorcycles, attending local events and charitable functions, traveling, watching Riverton School Sports, Wyoming & Kentucky football and basketball and enjoying the outdoors.

I feel a great sense of pride in my community.  I have always desired to serve, and I am extremely honored that the citizens of Riverton have put their trust in me to be a force for positive change for our community.  I feel it is very important to give back to the community that has given so much to me and my family.  I look forward to serving my community, working hard and being a positive force for our community.


Ward 3 - Click here to view ward map

 Council Member Mike Bailey   Term 2015-2022

Mike Bailey
811 S. Federal Blvd,  Riverton WY 82501    307-851-5171

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.

Tim HancockCouncil 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 ESL 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. 

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