Casper Department Head Resigns After Councilman Hedquist Remains on Council

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Casper, WY -- A City of Casper department head is resigning from his post just weeks after Casper City Council unsuccessfully asked Councilman Craig Hedquist to resign over conflict of interest violations.

Public services director Rick Harrah was vocal in his criticism of Hedquist's behavior from the start. In testimony at the informal hearing in May, he said he believed Hedquist requested detailed information on city work in order to prepare his construction company's bids. Harrah also accused him of bullying his staff and blurring the line between his public office and private interests.

City Manager John Patterson confirmed only that Harrah resigned for "personal reasons." Asked if he knew whether other employees were considering a similar path, he simply replied yes.

Harrah's last day with the city is June 20th. Patterson says he did some "fabulous work," restructuring the department and successfully implementing cuts while working well with the rest of the executive team.

Hedquist's attorney told News 13 after council's vote that his client would stay on council and continue to move forward with suing the City and City Manager John Patterson. He says the conflict of interest process was only brought against him as retaliation for speaking out against the city.