Lararmie, Wy – Laramie officially has a new city manager. The city council approved a contract for Mark Collins Thursday. Collins holds the same position with the city of Gunnison, Colorado now. Reached by phone he says he is excited about taking the position. He is familiar with Laramie and Wyoming, having received two masters' degrees from the University of Wyoming. He says the presence of the school is one reason he was interested in the position. Collins says many businesses will want to come to Laramie to be around the university and its pool of talent.
Gunnison, Colorado, where Collins works now is also a college town and he says it has been important to have a strong relationship between the city and university.
The mayor of Laramie says of the four finalists Collins was their top pick. He will start work October 18th.