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Media Release
For Immediate Release
Contact: Nancy Leuenhagen

Reno, Nevada. Nov. 12, 2013. The Washoe County Board of Commissioners is scheduled to discuss Nevada Assembly Bill 46 (AB 46) regarding the Washoe County School District’s (WCSD) capital funding needs Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 6 p.m. The Board held its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday, Nov. 12, and took action on items including: approved an employment agreement with John Slaughter as the new County Manager; acknowledged a presentation on the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for fiscal year 2013; approved a funding agreement for the Senior Services Adult Day Health Care Program; approved an internal audit of the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District (TMFPD); approved a Collective Bargaining Agreement with the County’s District Attorney Investigator’s Associations; discussed codes for billboards and signs in the County; acknowledged the appointment of Frank Cervantes as Director of Washoe County Juvenile Services; accepted grants for Emergency Management and Social Services and requested grant funds for water quality improvement at Lake Tahoe; approved an agreement for the spring 2014 exhibit at Wilbur D. May Museum; acknowledged Al Rogers, Division Director of Projects and Programs for the Community Services Department, as the recipient of the prestigious Dundee Award; and proclaimed November 2013 as Dentistry from the Heart Month and as Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.

Contract approval for new Washoe County Manager: Item 33. County Commissioners voted unanimously to approve an employment agreement with John Slaughter as the new Washoe County Manager. The national search for candidates began in early August 2013 after the retirement of longtime Manager Katy Simon. Following a series of extensive interviews, Slaughter was unanimously selected to be the next County Manager. Slaughter has been with Washoe County since 1986, working as a land use planner, the County’s strategic planning manager, and as the Director of Management Services. He represented Washoe County at the Nevada Legislature from 2001-2013 and was named Acting Assistant County Manager in July 2013. See the full staff report.

Comprehensive Annual Financial Report: Item 12. The Board acknowledged the presentation by Kafoury, Armstrong & Company and Comptroller/Acting Finance Director Cynthia Washburn on fiscal year 2013 audit results and the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), auditor's report, report on internal control and Single Audit Report for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013. “Washoe County Commissioners approved the release of the fiscal year 2012/2013 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) today and received an unmodified “clean” audit opinion with no findings,” said Washburn. Both the CAFR and the Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR) are available online.

Senior Services Interlocal agreement: Item 9.I.2. Commissioners approved an Interlocal contract between the Department of Health and Human Services and Washoe County’s Senior Services to accept reimbursements for services from Nevada Medicaid Administrative Claiming retroactively from Jan. 1, 2012 through June 30, 2017. The funds will help support Senior Services’ Adult Day Health Care Program. “This allows the DayBreak Adult Day Health Program to provide an alternative to nursing home placement for seniors and younger disabled citizens,” said Senior Services Director Grady Tarbutton. “They are able to remain at home with their families because of DayBreak and the contract also ensures the sustainability of the program by providing additional funding for some of our most vulnerable seniors. This will be the first of a series of agreements with the State of Nevada that increases funding for Senior Services.”

TMFPD update: Item 10. The Board approved an agreement between TMFPD and the Washoe County Health District (WCHD) which allows TMFPD to assist in dispensing medications or administering vaccinations in the event of a public health emergency, such as pandemic influenza or bioterrorism attacks. Commissioners also unanimously approved an internal audit of the TMFPD which is estimated to cost $45,000 and would be charged to the Districts through the Countywide Cost Allocation Plan.

Approved Collective Bargaining Agreements: Item 14. The Board approved the Collective Bargaining Agreements with the Washoe County District Attorney lnvestigator's Associations (WCDAIA) for July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014. The agreement includes a 1 percent Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) in base wage effective July 1, 2013, a .375 percent PERS contribution in lieu of a wage increase effective July 15, 2013, and a 1.5 percent COLA adjustment in base wage effective Jan. 1, 2014.

Discussion of billboard and sign regulations: Item 27. Commissioners directed staff to proceed with a working group under Open Meeting Law to discuss sign regulations regarding content neutrality, signage on vacant properties, electronic message displays and regulating election period signs.

Appointment of new director of Juvenile Services: Item 11. Commissioners acknowledged the appointment of Frank W. Cervantes as the new Director of Washoe County Juvenile Services effective Aug. 2013. Prior to his selection as Director of Juvenile Services, Cervantes served as a Division Director of Probation Services/Detention and Early Intervention Services since 2008.

Cervantes received his Bachelor's degree in Social Work from University of Nevada in 1994 and graduated from Western Nevada Peace Officer Academy in 1996.

Accepted grants:  Items 18, 21 & 22: The Board approved a 2013 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) grant passed through the State of Nevada, Division of Emergency Management for $165,000, no match required, for the period of Sept. 1, 2013 through Feb. 8, 2015. Commissioners also accepted a $2.6 million grant from the Federal Administration for Children and Families to prevent long-term foster care retroactive to Sept. 30, 2013 through Sept. 29,  2014, and the Board approved in concept the request of grant funds from the State of Nevada Lake Tahoe Water Quality and Erosion Control Grant Program for approximately $750,000 for the East Incline Village Phase I Water Quality Improvement Project. Grant funds of an estimated $1.5 million from the U.S. Forest Service and approximately $750,000 from the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency will also be requested for the project.

Approved agreement for spring 2014 exhibit at Wilbur D. May Museum: Item 9.G.5. Commissioners approved an exhibition agreement between Washoe County and the WonderWorks Exhibits Company, Inc. for the 2014 Spring Exhibit at the Wilbur D. May Museum entitled "Treasure: Riches, Rogues, and Relics." Each spring since 1992, the Wilbur D. May Museum has brought in traveling, interactive exhibits. The exhibits are chosen for their general appeal to the community and to complement the curriculum of the Washoe County School District's primary grades. The spring exhibit has accounted for an average of 46.6 percent of the museum's operating income in the last five years.

Acknowledgement of Dundee Award: Item 6. Commissioners acknowledged  Al Rogers, Division Director of Projects and Programs for the Community Services Department, as the recipient of the prestigious Dundee Award from the Nevada Recreation and Park Society (NRPS). The NRPS is a private, non-profit organization that serves as the local affiliate to the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). The mission of the society is to support its members through professional development and to promote recreation and parks as an essential service throughout Nevada. The Dundee Award is the society's highest honor. “I am truly humbled to receive this award from the Society and I am honored to be recognized by my fellow parks colleges from around the state of Nevada,” said Rogers. “I cannot say enough about the parks and recreation professionals throughout this community and state who are so critical to our quality of life every day in every community and I am pleased to be part of that group.”

Proclamations: Items 7-8. The Board proclaimed Nov. 2013 as Dentistry from the Heart Month. From 2008-2013, Sala Family Dentistry has contributed over $500,000 in services to the community, which includes over $170,000 from the annual Dentistry from the Heart events. Commissioners also proclaimed Nov. 2013 as Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest cancers and the fourth leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S.