About Us

WASCOP represents its members at the federal, state, and local level through members serving on boards, commissions, and coalitions, representation at the Wyoming State Legislature, and charitable activity across the state on behalf of our members.

Objectives and Purpose

To consider and deal by all lawful means with common problems involved in the delivery of executive and management services to public law enforcement agencies located within the geographic boundaries of the State of Wyoming and to secure cooperative action in advancing the common purpose of the members of the association. To do anything necessary and proper for the accomplishment of such a purpose.

Meetings

The Association holds membership meetings three times a year. The first meeting of the year is in conjunction with the WASCOP Leadership Conference each April, and the second is in conjunction with the Wyoming Peace Officer’s Association in September. Other meetings of the executive board and committees are held throughout the year.

Committees

Several committees help the association in conducting work throughout the State of Wyoming to fulfill the mission of the organization.

The committees are:

- Legislative
- Training and Education
- Law Enforcement Issues
- Finance
- Academy Advisory Committee

Legislative Activity

WASCOP is responsive to the needs and requests of the Wyoming State Legislature for information on public safety issues. WASCOP’s primary activity is to provide information to individual legislators and committees as they consider legislation. WASCOP monitors committee activity, proposed legislation, and provide testimony for clarification of issues as our Legislature considers laws and policies that affect public safety and law enforcement statewide. 

WASCOP EXECUTIVE BOARD

President

Mike Samp

University of Wyoming Police Department

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First Vice President

Gus Holbrook

Natrona County Sheriff's Office

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Second Vice President

Dwane Pacheco

Rock Springs Police Department

Third Vice President

Jeff Hodge

Crook County Sheriff's Office

Fourth Vice President

Troy Palmer

Rawlins Police Department

Fifth Vice President

John Grossnickle

Sweetwater County Sheriff's Office

Treasurer

Shane Johnson

Lincoln County Sheriff's Office

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Past President

Steve Rakness

Washakie County Sheriff's Office

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WASCOP Executive Staff

Byron Oedekoven 

Executive Director

PO Box 605

Gillette, WY 82717

Phone:307-682-8949 

Cell: 307-660-2951

Fax: 307-382-8949

Lori Emmert

Executive Officer

PO Box 481

Douglas, WY 82633

Phone:307-351-6994 

Fax: 301-358-1993