Marian Orr was sworn in as Cheyenne’s first female Mayor on January 3, 2017. Raised in Casper, Wyoming, Mayor Orr graduated from the University of Wyoming and has been a Cheyenne resident since 1993.
Wyoming-raised with deep Cheyenne roots, Mayor Orr has dedicated her time and service to making the community a better place to live, work, and play. Even before she had children of her own, she volunteered her time to coach Cheyenne youth soccer. As a young parent, she worked with her neighbors and city officials to turn an undeveloped and unsightly piece of land into what is now a park and playground that continues to be enjoyed by families from across Cheyenne.
Later, Mayor Orr served on the program evaluation team for United Way, where she learned of — not only — the great needs within the community, but the network of services provided to Cheyenne’s most vulnerable populations. Marian is a former Board of Trustee for Cheyenne Regional Medical Center.
As a lobbyist for over 20 years, Mayor Orr has represented a wide variety of interests from our libraries, our medical community, mental health community, and defending our hunting and fishing opportunities – to name a few.
Strong Wyoming Roots
Mayor Orr's great-grandparents founded Kassis Department Store in the 1920’s in what is now, unfortunately, a condemned cornerstone in downtown Cheyenne (formerly the Z’s building). Her grandparents later opened a Casper location, and that is where Mayor Orr learned the importance of being a solid and reliable downtown business owner and community supporter.
She grew up working after school and weekends in the family store before attending and graduating from the University of Wyoming. She learned the importance of customer service, and never judging a book by its cover. Shortly after graduation, she moved to Cheyenne and started her own lobbying/political consulting firm, working primarily from home to raise two children.
Marian’s daughter, Katie Schulz, is a recent law school graduate from the University of Colorado Boulder and her son, Jack Schulz, is an undergraduate student at the University of Wyoming.
On behalf of the Governing Body and the residents of the City, I would like to welcome you to a virtual tour of Cheyenne, Wyoming. From its rough and tumble beginnings in 1867, when the population consisted of 600 construction workers, entrepreneurs and camp followers of “dubious character and rowdy habit,” Cheyenne has grown to almost 59,000 residents of diversity. And, yes, we still have residents of “rowdy habit,” however, I believe you will find the majority of Cheyennites to be friendly, welcoming, and helpful.
Culture & Recreation
Cheyenne has a multitude of cultural and recreational opportunities. Our Civic Center hosts a theater season, numerous productions and the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra. The downtown’s renovated Union Pacific Depot houses offices, a restaurant, and a transportation museum. During the summer months, the Depot Plaza is the location for concerts, the Farmer’s Market, pancake breakfasts, etc. Our parks system is the envy of many similarly sized communities. The Cheyenne-Kiwanis Community House in Lions Park is the site for conferences, reunions, and many other activities. The “Beaches of Cheyenne” are located along Sloan’s lake where one can swim, fish, walk, bike, and rent canoes or paddle boats. Two new Lions Park features are the children’s spray park and the Brimmer Amphitheater.
The City of Cheyenne itself is inextricably linked with the military. In fact, the City was “born” on the same day that Fort D.A. Russell (now F. E. Warren Air Force Base) was selected as a site for an army post. Since that time, not only have military personnel and Cheyenne residents lived side-by-side, but we have worked together for the betterment of both the City and the base. Cheyenne welcomes and values our military personnel who so admirably serve our country.
Cheyenne Frontier Days
Cheyenne is the home of the “Daddy of ‘em all,” Cheyenne Frontier DaysTM. CFDTM is the largest outdoor rodeo in the nation and the pride of most of our residents. The “Daddy” is staffed almost entirely by volunteers. These men and women are the backbone for the CFDTM experience, which includes parades, pancake breakfasts, western art shows, Native American arts and culture, night concerts and, of course, the famous rodeo itself. This event is always held the last full week in July.
Cheyenne has a strong Mayor-Council form of government. Nine Council members are elected for staggered four-year terms from the City’s three wards. The Council’s function is primarily legislative, while a full-time Mayor serves as the City’s CEO and is responsible for administrative functions.
Once again, I welcome you to Cheyenne – the “Magic City of the Plains.” Please view the different departments for information on our ‘Community of Choice’.