After a three week search for a new state treasurer, Governor Matt Mead selected Buffalo rancher Mark Gordon for the position late last week.
Thursday's swearing in ceremony officially began the Mark Gordon era as Wyoming State Treasurer. The businessman, rancher from Buffalo, knows what big shoes he has to fill.
"Being able to eventually move towards my own impression on the office is something I'm looking forward to doing. But there's no replacing Joe," Gordon said.
Joe Meyer was a supporter of Gordon during his campaign for congress back in 2008.
During the interview process, Governor Mead saw some of the same qualities that convinced Joe Meyer to give Gordon his endorsement.
"He's a thoughtful guy. He is not prone to flying off the handle in any way and I think that's important to have that degree of confidence and seriousness to the treasurer's office," Mead said.
Governor Mead said it was a tough decision between the final three candidates, but there were two things that gave Gordon an edge.
"I thought Mark Gordon, one, had great background, and two, a great vision on where he could take the treasurer's office," Mead said.
Gordon says it was a tough decision for he and his family to pursue the position, but in the end he felt he had the resume and it was his obligation to try and serve his state.
"It was a lot of consideration on our part, but I do believe that Wyoming people serve when Wyoming calls and I was delighted to be able to get that opportunity," Gordon said.
Gordon has a list of priorities he wants to tackle to keep the state treasury moving in the right direction.
"I really want to work hard to make sure this office does as well as it can and I will run for treasurer again. It needs the continuity," Gordon said.