Museums board to wait on budget process before launching a second search for Pioneer Museum Director

The Fremont County Museum Board met in Lander at the Pioneer Museum on May 9th. (Ernie Over photo) 

(Lander, Wyo.) – The Fremont County Museums Board will wait until the budget process is complete before they will try again to find a director for the Fremont County Pioneer Museum in Lander. At the board’s May meeting, Chairman Tom Duncan said there were three applicants who had filed their applications after the deadline during the board’s first search, which ended last month when all candidates were rejected. “So we won’t be starting from scratch this next time, but we want to know the salary before we act,” he said.

The board had earlier named Connie Shannon as the interim director of the Lander museum. She will stay in that position until a new director is named. The museum vacancy was created last August 22nd after former director Carol Theisse was removed from the job by board action.

During the meeting, board treasurer Butch Tonkin’s motion to approve a five percent across the board raise to the museum’s employees was approved unanimously. Duncan said the motion would have a $25,000 impact on the budget proposal being submitted to the county commissioners. The total included benefits. The action came after a 20 minute-long executive session near the end of the meeting.

The county commissioners will consider the Museum Board’s budget request next Monday, May 20th.

With two of the county’s three museum directors absent, and excused from, the meeting, only Katrina Krupicka from Dubois was there to deliver a report on her museum. “We are really pumped for some programs,” she reported. “Our focus during the winter has been on artifacts and accessioning, but now our focus turns to programming in June, July and August.” She said the Dubois museum plans one major event each month. After a May 30th open house to kick off the summer season, Krupicka said the first major event will be the traditional Swedish Smorgasbord, to celebrate the Upper Wind River Valley’s heritage of timbering and the tie-hacks, who cut railroad ties and floated them down the Wind River to the railhead at Riverton.

For a complete list of the Dubois Museum’s summer events, click here.