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CHEYENNE – Last week, members of City Council, the Mayor, and several department directors spent three days embarking in what will be a 15-month strategic and operational plan led by Adiel Brasov of the Paterson Center. The process, known as StratOp, is a team facilitated strategic planning process that will guide us through the questions of where we currently stand, where are we headed, and how will we get there as a city.
The process going forward will include other council members and city staff on five initial areas of focus that teams will be developed around. Each of the five areas have been identified as Teams each with the Team Leader. They include the following in no order:
“I’m very excited about the conversation and work that was done last week to establish the platform for what I believe will be a measurable and achievable strategic and operational plan,” said City of Cheyenne Mayor Marian Orr. “Like many, I’ve been frustrated with at least a perception of no clearly adopted goals and direction as we not only make city policy, but the way in which we identify community needs and look to fund them through our 5th and 6th penny. It’s going to take a lot of work, but I believe it’s some of the most important work we can do when we envision Cheyenne in 2029. Some of the goals established can be met fairly quickly, while others we have identified will take the remainder of this administration.”
Going forward, Orr said, the teams will grow to include other members of council and city staff and will meet over the next 6 weeks through a very defined process to set goals and identify action plans around those goals. Our facilitator will return, and we will spend two more days refining our plan. We are looking forward to a launch event detailing the StratOp plan for city employees and our Cheyenne community this spring.
The initial StratOp three-day session included Council President Rocky Case, Council Finance Chairman Jeff White, Councilman Pete Laybourn, Mayor Marian Orr, Chief of Staff Eric Fountain, Chief Economic Development Officer Brendan Ames, City Engineer Amy Allen, Planning and Development Director Charles Bloom, City Treasurer Robin Lockman, Human Resource Deputy Director Ron Downey and Community Recreation and Events Deputy Director Jason Sanchez.