Mayoral, town council races set finalized

Nathan Oster

Bill Brenner and Steve Brown joined incumbents Myles Foley, Chris Dooley and Gerald Crist in the race for Greybull mayor and town council during the final week of the primary election filing period.
Brenner, the town’s former police chief, is challenging Foley, who has been mayor since 2014, while Brown, Dooley and Crist are vying for a pair of four-year council terms.
The primary election is Tuesday, Aug. 20.  
Brown and Brenner will be making their first bids for the town’s governing body.
Brenner spent 16 years as the Greybull police chief, retiring in January 2023.  He’s now the chief deputy for the Big Horn County coroner. He said he has no axe to grind. “It’s simply a case of seeing certain things around town that could be better,” he said.
While he doesn’t anticipate doing a lot of campaigning, Brenner said he has some ideas to improve the town.  He said the town’s streets have been neglected and that it’s time to prioritize them, starting with the potholes.
Brenner also believes the town needs to take steps to entice more tourists to stop and give its residents more to do on the weekends.
Most of all, Brenner said he wants town residents to have a choice.
Brown, meanwhile, is a Greybull native who recently returned with his wife April, who is active on other boards and organizations.
“We have had a lot of discussions and for both of us, it’s simply a matter of wanting the best possible future for Greybull,” Brown said.
Brown is a mechanic who currently works for Wyo-Ben.
While he hasn’t run for council before, he said he applied for a seat on the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission, but was never appointed because the town could find no one else to serve on it.
Brown said he is very active in the Basin Masonic Lodge.
 When asked to elaborate on his candidacy, Brown said, “I’ve seen the things that are going on and want to make some positive changes.  For the most part, it’s a good city council.  But I don’t agree with everything they’ve done.
“ I was also asked by others to step up and apply for council, so that’s why I did it.”