Albany County Fire Warden Cy Rahman has stepped down from his position and will be temporarily replaced by former County Fire Warden Scott Davis.
At Tuesday’s Albany County Commission meeting, the commissioners acknowledged receipt of Rahman’s resignation and announced Davis will serve as interim fire warden while they search for Rahman’s replacement.
“He’s graciously accepted — he was our previous fire warden — to fill in until we can fill that position,” Commission Chairman Tim Sullivan said.
After the meeting, Sullivan said Rahman’s resignation was a “mutual agreement” but declined to comment further on the matter.
According to commission meeting minutes, Rahman became the county fire warden in July 2014. He served as a deputy fire warden prior to that, Sullivan said.
In other action, the commissioners approved a $20,636 contract between Albany County and Safe Harbor, A Children’s Justice Center — a Cheyenne-based youth services organization — to provide child forensic interview services in the county. The contract comes as part of Albany County Attorney Peggy Trent’s efforts to establish a child advocacy center, where law enforcement agencies and the Wyoming Department of Family Services could conduct forensic interviews of children.
“This contract is a part of the grant that Albany County received for the crime victim/witness program … this is a new service that the county will be providing based off of the grant funds that we received,” Albany County Grants Manager Tai Wright said.
Safe Harbor will travel to Laramie to provide services and eventually establish staff infrastructure in the county, Wright said. The interviews will initially be conducted at the Laramie Police Department, though the advocacy center is expected to eventually relocate to Ivinson Memorial Hospital.
Additional funds could be used to enhance the interview room and make it more accommodating, Wright added.
Lynn Storey-Huylar, Safe Harbor executive director and forensic interviewer, said the organization has been providing services in Cheyenne for 17 years.
“We’re really excited to expand and to provide services for Laramie,” she said. “Our children are our most vulnerable population, and they need the best that we can give them, which is these forensic interview services when there’s allegations of abuse and neglect.”
During the meeting, Commissioner Tim Chesnut suggested the park on the north side of the Albany County Courthouse be named after former Albany County Undersheriff Rob DeBree, who died Sept. 2 following a 34-year career in law enforcement.
Sullivan said he “(didn’t) disagree” but thought there should be a citizen committee and discussion first.
“That didn’t cross my mind — it’s good thinking,” Commissioner Heber Richardson added. “Let’s make it happen.”