Tony Ross, Senior Municipal Judge
Judge Ross brought over 40 years of experience practicing law to the City. He made his way to City Hall from Ross, Ross & Santini, L.L.C., where he specialized in civil litigation. That firm, f.k.a. Ross & Ross, Attorneys at Law, was formed by Judge Ross & his father, Vincent, in 1979.
Ross served the Wyoming House of Representatives from 1995 to 2004. In 2005 he was elected to the Wyoming Senate, later serving as President of the Senate in 2013, Senate Majority Floor Leader in the 2011-12 term, and Senate Vice President in the 2009-10 term. During his tenure, Ross served on numerous committees. Most recently he served as Chairman for the Joint Legislative and Executive Task Force on Capitol Building Rehabilitation and Restoration. Ross also served as Attorney for the Wyoming State Senate from 1980-82.
Ross obtained his Juris Doctorate from the University of Wyoming College of Law in 1978 and is a Cum Laude honors graduate from the University of Puget Sound.
In 2015, Ross was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the fields of Family Law, Family Mediation, and Government Relations Practice. He holds bar admission for the State of Wyoming/Wyoming Supreme Court; State of Colorado/Colorado Supreme Court; U.S. District Court, District of Wyoming; U.S. District Court, District of Colorado; and U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit.
Ronn Jeffrey, Juvenile Judge
Judge Jeffrey has spent all of his adult life helping young people become productive, law-abiding citizens. It began in 1971, a year before he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology and Anthropology from Chadron State College
That summer he was the only employee of the Office of Juvenile Probation established by the Cheyenne Municipal Court to help troubled youths. In large part, due to its success, immediately upon his graduation the following May, Jeffrey was appointed the first director of the Office of Youth Alternatives in his hometown.
He was given the authority to establish programs that would assist young people whose lives were unsettled and lacking direction. In many cases, they had drawn the attention of law enforcement officers, but the goal was to find strategies so they would not become entrenched in the court system. His efforts were so successful that he remained the Youth Alternatives director for 42 years until he retired in May 2014.
Even though he does not have a law degree, the mayor of Cheyenne, citing Jeffrey’s “many years of steering juveniles straight,” appointed him the Juvenile Court Judge for the Cheyenne Municipal Court in 2006. He continues in that capacity and has been recognized many times for service to his community and beyond.
Thousands of youths, often between 500 and 600 annually, and their families have benefited from Jeffrey’s life work. He believes in spending time with children, listening to them, caring about their concerns, sharing activities and providing positive role models to steer them along a path of personal accountability.