Cheyenne Mayor Marian Orr has named a new city attorney to replace Sylvia Hackl, who resigned from the position on May 2.

Michael O'Donnell, a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Wyoming, will assume the position of the city's top legal officer.

“This is a big win for the City of Cheyenne,” said Orr. “Mike is one of the best attorneys in the state. His background in solving complex issues and ability to strike compromise between legislative and executive branches of government has earned him unparalleled respect in Wyoming.”

Orr said O’Donnell’s service on the city’s Planning Commission and his nearly seven years of service on the Board of Adjustment make him uniquely qualified.

“I can’t think of a better fit for not only my administration, but also the City Council and for the community of Cheyenne,” she said. “He has a public servant’s heart and cares deeply about our town. This is a home run.”

O’Donnell’s start date is still being finalized.

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