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Erickson moved to Casper in 1969 and served as Casper city manager for 16 years. Gov. Mike Sullivan, shortly after he was elected in 1987, asked him to join his administration as state Director of the Department of Administration. Erickson then worked as insurance commissioner and, under Governor Jim Geringer in the late '90s, as chief of staff.

In Casper, Erickson presided over the construction of the Events Center, the building of a new sewage treatment plant and the transition from private to city ownership at the Hogadon Ski Area. He also connected Poplar Street from north to south where the C railroad split the road and negotiated multiple land deals that helped the city grow in size and population.

"His real strength was being a manager of people," Bemis said.

Aside from also developing parks and public art, Neal said Erickson was a "straight shooter" who met with reporters every morning. The manager let Neal follow him for a day and was equally available for those he worked with at the city. with ideas and continued to call him for advice after he Nike Air Force 1 Low Blue And White

Ken Erickson carved a legacy of leadership through decades of government service in Wyoming.

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"If you had a concern, his door was always open," she said.

He is remembered by his employers, co workers and employees as a manager who operated with transparency and excelled at motivating others. Erickson, 82, died Aug. 16 in Cheyenne.

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left the city.

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Erickson's death, Sullivan said, is Wyoming's loss.

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"What always would stand out with Ken was that he was a can do kind of person," Sullivan said. "He was ready to take on challenges and do it with energy and good humor and total integrity."

said the manager captivated audiences when he spoke at conferences and recreation meetings.

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And when Erickson spoke, people listened. Former recreation supervisor Mike Bemis, who came to the Nike Air Force 1 High Metallic Gold

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Sullivan said he sought the former city manager because of his performance in Casper. He had made a campaign promise to appoint the best people to his administration, and Erickson "was at the top of the list."

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Bemis said Erickson was a charismatic leader who could convince other people of his vision and inspired employees to meet their full potential.

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In the state administration, Erickson continued to excel. Sullivan said he maintained a positive attitude and could have easily filled any number of positions at the state level.

"He was very interested in the idea that the city had to be a community that people wanted to live in," Neal said.

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"In many ways, I think he was the guy who really professionalized the management of the city," said Dan Neal, former city reporter for the Casper Star Tribune.

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This is a well written memorial to a truly remarkable man. Mr. Erickson came to Casper when it was operating in the red, barely paying its employees, and had been in the 'bust' cycle of the 'boom bust' pattern for many years. Erickson was able to not only get the town to run in the black, but he helped it grow into the pretty little city that it is today. Thank Nike Air Force 1 High Grey Red you, Kelly, for writing such a thoughtful piece about such a great and deeply missed man. You see, Mr. Erickson was my dad, and I couldn't be more proud of him. Passionate views, pointed criticism and critical thinking are welcome. Name calling, crude language and personal abuse are not welcome. Moderators will monitor comments with an eye toward maintaining a high level of civility in this forum. Our comment policy explains the rules of the road for registered commenters.

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