Governor's Council

Michael Reed -First  Governor's Impaired Driving Policy Advisor, now serving as State Fire Marshal

James M.(Mike)Reed, although born in Wichita Kansas, has lived in Wyoming over 32 years and considers

it home. Having started his career in the private sector Mike quickly became involved in the state's local

needs serving as Chairman of the Carbon County Child Development Center, Carbon County Counseling

Center and finally as the Chairman of the Carbon County Memorial Hospital.  Mike worked in law enforcement for 24 years including 10 years as Chief of Police. He is a graduate of the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy and the F.B.I. National Academy in Quantico, Virginia and Villanova Universities “Six Sigma program”. He holds numerous certifications and awards and is a recipient of the State of Wyoming’s “Peace Officer of the Year.” 

Mike and his wife Theresa have one daughter Nicole who attended the Biology Program at the University of Wyoming.

Governor's Policy Advisor - Impaired Driving
One of the first initiatives the Council accomplished was the creation of a Policy Analyst/Advisor on Impaired Driving position in the Governor's Office.   The Council created a subcommittee to work with the Governor's Office and the Highway Safety Office of the Wyoming Department of Transportation to provide grant funding necessary and to develop an appropriate job description and work scope for the newly created position.
The position was created, the work scope developed and the position filled.  The Governor appointed Mike Reed (retired Chief of Police from Rawlins, Wyoming) to fill the position on June 1, 2012.  The work scope, responsibilities and priorities for this new Policy Analyst/Advisor position - as well as a brief bio for Mr. Reed can be found below.  Mr. Reed was appointed as State Fire Marshall on July 2017. 

On January 1, 2019 Erica Legerski, Wyoming Department of Transportation Policy Analyst for Governor Mark Gordon, was assigned as Policy Analyst for the Council.

Governor’s Impaired Driving Policy Advisor
Work Scope, Responsibilities, Priorities

  • Liaison between Governor’s Council and Governor’s Office - will provide updates to Council Chairman
  • Collaborate with the Governor, Impaired Driving Council, and Highway Safety Office to establish priorities
  • Provide the Governor with an annual State-of-the State report concerning current statewide impaired driving issues
  • Identify/Collect/Evaluate/Disseminate relevant impaired driving data
  • Train/Educate – law enforcement, judicial, prosecutors, liquor license holders/industry representatives
  • Liaison with Industry, Stakeholders, Community leaders
  • Research and align relevant department policies across State agencies to reduce the impact of impaired driving
  • Identify gaps in State policies
  • Research best- practices for State agencies
  • Evaluate the impact of impaired driving legislative policy on state agencies
  • Evaluate the impact of impaired driving legislative policy on highway safety
  • Law enforcement liaison for the purpose of increasing the effectiveness of statewide enforcement practices
  • Provides input and recommendations to Highway Safety Plan concerning Impaired Driving issues
  • Research/Propose a plan to reduce the cumulative cost to the State concerning impaired driving
  • Coordinate statewide media campaign for the Governor’s Council - in conjunction with WYDOT’s communication plan
  • Oversee and support for the statewide 24/7 Sobriety Project
  • Monitor legislative initiatives concerning Impaired Driving and provide input at the direction of the Governor
  • Develop, produce, and submit a monthly report of all highway safety grant related activities

​on Impaired driving