Serving the People
Laramie operates under the city manager/city council form of government. There are nine council members who serve overlapping four-year terms, so the council always has experienced members. Two council members are elected at-large (from the entire city), and one is elected from each of the seven geographical wards. The council elects a new mayor and vice-mayor each January. If the idea of service in public office appeals to you, you definitely can have your chance to run in Laramie.
Volunteer service to the community is also available by requesting appointment on any of the city’s 15 boards and commissions, which make recommendations to city council on issues ranging from zoning to recreation.
Ten city departments handle everything from the city manager’s office to the city’s internal information delivery infrastructure, plus streets, animal control, water treatment and all the other “invisible” and crucial city services.
Laramie’s ISO (Insurance Services Office) fire insurance rating is 3 on a scale of 1-10, one being perfect. A low rating like Laramie’s keeps home insurance premiums low. The fire department has 36 professionals, the City of Laramie has 47 full-time professional police officers, and there is a 911 emergency response system.