Campbell County Public Lands Board Hires New Executive Director


GILLETTE, Wyo.– The Campbell County Public Lands Board officially named a new executive director tonight.

The board unanimously approved an employment contract with Aaron Lyles, who began work on November 7.

Lyles attended the board meeting tonight remotely. He will work a hybrid schedule until Jan. 1, until his family can move to Gillette, the employment contract says. The commission will pay his moving expenses. He must obtain at least two estimates of moving expenses for approval by the council. The council will also pay for temporary housing, up to $3,000 per month, for up to 90 days.

After his first year on a salary of $130,000, he will be eligible for a salary increase of up to 10%, depending on the outcome of the board’s annual employment review. He could also receive a cost-of-living wage increase in the Campbell County pay scale.

As Executive Director, Lyles will support the selection of CAM-PLEX staff and manage the facilities, operations, programs, assets and activities under the direction and control of the Board.

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“CCPLB believes that it is mutually beneficial for CCPLB and the employee to enter into this employment agreement to ensure the continuity of the management and business of CCPLB,” the agreement reads.

Lyles shall not have outside employment during the term of the contract unless he obtains the prior approval of the Board, but he may, with the approval of the Chairman of the Board, undertake consulting work , speaking engagements or other duties and obligations associated with the position. , his professional growth and development, or the promotion of CAM-PLEX, specifies the agreement.

His contract will end on November 6, 2024, so his tenure will include Camporee. The contract can be renewed for periods of one year. The board can terminate the contract with written notice, without cause, if it pays Lyles six months’ salary as severance pay. Lyles may terminate the contract without cause, if he gives 90 days notice.

Chief Financial Officer ReNae Keuck, who was named interim executive director following the departure of Jeff Esposito, will no longer have the title of executive director, board chair Darin Edmonds said the board concluded a closed executive session tonight.

Lyles directly supervises Keuck, operations manager Will Hastreiter and sales and marketing manager Keith Howard.


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