Mayor Louise Carter-King began serving on the Gillette City Council in 1991, serving Ward 1 until 2004. She was elected councilwoman again in 2008, and served Ward 1 until she was sworn in as Mayor in January of 2015.
Mayor Carter-King has the distinction of being the first woman mayor of the City of Gillette. She is also the first 2nd Generation Mayor of Gillette. Her father, Herb Carter, served as Mayor from 1982-1990.
She has been a tireless supporter of youth and education. Through her leadership and influence, Gillette College has grown from a few rooms in a small building to a beautiful campus with first-class amenities. The campus now contains Old Main, the Technical Education Center, the Herb and Dorothy Carter Health Sciences Center, the Pronghorn Athletic Center, and two phases of student housing.
In January of 2011, the City Council purchased 320 acres of land from the State of Wyoming for the purpose of expanding recreation opportunities for the citizens of Gillette. At the same time a severe shortage of youth softball and baseball fields was identified. On June 27th, 2015 the Grand Opening of the Energy Capital Sports Complex was held with Gillette hosting 34 teams for the 6th Annual Razor City Softball Tournament. Over 2000 people visited Gillette over the course of the tournament, helping to expand the sports tourism industry in the region.
Recently she has led the City as a founding member of the Northeast Wyoming Growth Alliance, a collaborative marketing effort between the cities of Gillette, Buffalo and Sheridan. Working with economic development authorities, the Growth Alliance is a joint approach to marketing our combined assets.
She has supported the City’s efforts to support low electrical rates for its citizens. The City of Gillette is a publicly-owned electrical utility. In 2010, the City purchased 23% interest in the WyGen III power plant for a secure base load source, and purchased the CT II natural gas turbine for peak load capacity in 2014. The ability to generate electricity allows the city to aggressively negotiate low power rates for its citizens.
Mayor Carter-King is married to her husband, Steve. She is also the proud mother of two and grandmother of two. She owns and operates Powder River Office Supply with her daughter Casey. PROS has been a fixture in downtown Gillette since 1978. Her son, Alex, currently attends school at the University of Utah playing hockey.
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