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Longtime County Clerk Amy Harvey retires; Nancy Parent appointed as interim.
Media Release
For Immediate Release
Contact: Nancy Leuenhagen

Reno, Nevada. July 9, 2013. The Washoe County Board of Commissioners held its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday, July 9, and took action on items including: accepted County Clerk Amy Harvey’s notice of retirement and appointed Nancy Parent interim County Clerk effective July 26, 2013; accepted the final Treasurer’s report on the issuance of refunds of overpaid taxes and interest to approximately 8,700 taxpayers in the Incline Village/Crystal Bay area of Washoe County; appointed Commissioner Marsha Berkbigler to the EDAWN Board with Commissioner Kitty Jung as an alternate; and accepted a $500 donation for the Washoe County Scholarship Fund.

County Clerk to retire: Items 6 & 7. Current County Clerk Amy Harvey will retire from the office she has held since 1998 on July 26, 2013. “This experience has been one of the most enjoyable, exciting and challenging times of my professional career,” said Harvey. “I leave with respect for all that the County and the employees do for citizens, and am proud to have been part of that effort.”  Following Harvey’s recommendation, Commissioners appointed Nancy Parent, Chief Deputy County Clerk, to fill the remainder of Harvey’s unexpired term effective July 26, 2013. Parent has served as Chief Deputy County Clerk since 2000 and oversees and manages all aspects and operations of the Clerk's Office on a daily basis. Harvey said Parent is infinitely familiar with the laws pertaining to the Constitutional office of County Clerk and she has actively represented the Clerk's Office at the Nevada Legislature during the past seven legislative sessions. The Washoe County Clerk is an elected position and the next election for the position is November 2014.

Final report on Incline Village/Crystal Bay property taxes: Item 11. Commissioners unanimously accepted the final presentation on the tax refund project for Incline Village/Crystal Bay. Washoe County Treasurer Tammi Davis said the Incline Tax Refund Project was completed early and the last of the refund checks were sent out a week ago. On July 7, 2011, the Nevada Supreme Court denied Washoe County's appeal of a lower court's decision that ordered the County Treasurer to pay refunds with interest to approximately 8,700 Incline Village/Crystal Bay residential taxpayers. That was based upon the Washoe County Board of Equalization's 2006 decision to roll back the taxpayers' 2006-07 property tax valuations to 2002-03 levels. On Feb. 24, 2012 an order was issued in District Court requiring the Treasurer to complete the refunds to taxpayers by August 23, 2013. The Treasurer's Office issued the first refunds in August 2011. Details of the presentation included:

  • Amount of refunds totaled $ 44,820,086.
  • More than 25,000 checks were cut.
  • The project took approximately 35,000 staff hours to complete.
  • 8,763 parcels were impacted by the decision.

Commissioner Berkbigler appointed to EDAWN Board: Item 12. The Board unanimously chose Commissioner Marsha Berkbigler, District 1, to replace former County Manager Katy Simon on the board of the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada and selected Commissioner Kitty Jung, District 3, as Washoe County’s alternate. EDAWN’s board of trustees is comprised of private investors and industry experts who serve a two-year term. The board also includes volunteer community leaders and elected officials who are dedicated to taking economic development in a new direction in Northern Nevada. EDAWN board members support the mission to recruit and expand quality companies in Greater Reno-Sparks-Tahoe.

Washoe County Scholarship Fund: Item 5.B. Commissioners accepted a $500 donation to the fund from former County Manager Katy Simon. In May 2013, Simon made a presentation to the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development and in lieu of receiving a facilitator's/speaker's fee, Simon recommended a donation to the Washoe County Scholarship Fund. The program was established for the benefit of County employees who may apply for scholarship funds to assist them in their career development.