The free Clint Black concert that will kick off the Cody Stampede Rodeo’s 100th anniversary celebration is expected to cost the City of Cody $6,000 beyond expenses budgeted.
The city council recently authorized taking $6,000 from the council contingency fund to cover additional officer pay.
The concert, officially announced by the Stampede Board of Directors in late March, was not anticipated as part of expenses the city would incur in conjunction with managing the Stampede Rodeo July 1-4 and Xtreme Bulls June 30. Those events are usual parts of Cody’s annual celebration and rodeo experience.
This year due to the rodeo centennial celebration, Chuck Baker, police chief, said they had planned for more people and traffic than usual in town.
Baker asked to have four Powell officers under CPD’s command. In May the council authorized a temporary law enforcement memorandum of understanding with the Powell Police Department providing for extra help from Powell police and their vehicles June 27-July 4.
State law allows agencies to enter such agreements when assistance is needed for limited events. Baker said officers will work in two-man teams; therefore, people may see a Powell officer paired with a Cody officer.
Cody will pay salaries, fuel and any damage to equipment that may occur while Powell police officers are on duty here.
The Park County Sheriff’s Office is helping as is the Wyoming Highway Patrol.
Baker said WHP will provide additional patrol in town and troopers will assist by responding to and reporting any vehicle accidents. They may also provide extra traffic control.
The last time CPD sought mutual aid was likely 2014 when about 300 members of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club gathered in Cody in late July for their U.S. Run. Police anticipated a need for patrol for extra traffic, specifically motorcyclists, and concern about violent confrontations between rival motorcycle groups. Prior to that, the Hells Angels’ World Run drew an estimated 1,300 members to Cody in July 2006.