The City of Cody operates as a Mayor-Council form of government and by Charter Ordinance appoints a professional administrator to manage the daily operations and internal affairs of the City. Through a professional staff, the City Administrator ensures the provisions of services and enforces policies adopted by the elected Mayor and Council.
As chief administrative officer, the City Administrator recruits, hires, terminates, and supervises City personnel. Other essentials functions include preparing and administering the City's budget, attending and/or conducting various meetings, and participating in intergovernmental activities. Additionally, the City Administrator serves as the representative and chief adviser to the Mayor and Council.
The City Administrator is elected by Council on the basis of education, training, and experience.
Barry A. Cook was appointed as City Administrator by the Mayor and Council in August 2014. Barry began his career in local government as a Circuit Rider Administrator in Fremont County, Wyoming. He then moved to his hometown of Wheatland, Wyoming where he served as the Town’s Clerk/Treasurer.
Continuing his career in local government, Barry served as the City Administrator for the City of Post Falls, Idaho. Most recently Barry was the City Administrator for the City of Green River, Wyoming for 18 years before moving to Cody, Wyoming.
Barry has a master’s degree in Public Administration from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, CA and a bachelor of science from the University of Wyoming. He is a member of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). Barry is also a member and past president of the Great Open Spaces City Management Association (GOSCMA).
In addition, Barry has been a lobbyist and served on the board of directors and several committees for the Wyoming Associations of Municipalities (WAM). He enjoys being part of the community and has been involved in both Rotary and Kiwanis organizations. Barry is also a graduate of Leadership Wyoming. His hobbies include reading, golfing, hiking, camping with family, and traveling. Barry and his wife Suzi have four adult children and three grandchildren.