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Commissioners begin process of filling vacant Assembly seat.
Media Release
For Immediate Release
Contact: Nancy Leuenhagen

Reno, Nevada. Dec. 9, 2014. The following report highlights several important agenda items from the Washoe County Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. Videos of County Commission meetings are replayed regularly on WCTV (Charter Ch. 193). You may also watch videos-on-demand online.

Process to fill vacant seat in Washoe County Assembly District 24: Item 31. David Bobzien represented Assembly District 24 but was selected to fill a vacant Reno City Council at-large seat on Dec. 3, 2014. Per NRS 218A.260, the Washoe County Board of Commissioners is responsible for appointing someone to fill the vacant seat left by Bobzien, or to hold a special election.

The Board voted to open the application process Wednesday, Dec. 10. The deadline to submit an application is at 5 p.m. on Dec. 16. The Board will make the appointment to the vacant seat in Washoe County Assembly District 24 at a special Board meeting Dec. 30.

Process to fill vacancy in Reno Justice Court: Item 30. The Board voted to begin the process of appointing a person to fill Judge Jack Schroeder's seat, who announced his retirement from the Reno Justice Court Department 3 in February. The Board voted to appoint a judge at the Jan. 13, 2015 Board meeting. The County Manager will decide when the County will begin accepting applications. NRS says that "the Board of County Commissioners shall either appoint a person to fill the vacancy pursuant to NRS 245.170.”

Presentation of Appreciation for Chairman David Humke: Item 7.J. Since 2003, Chairman David Humke has served Washoe County, District 2. While his dedication to Washoe County is evident, Humke will be most remembered by his passion for protecting youth and persistently working to improve services and protections for this inconspicuous, vulnerable population in the justice system. The Board commended Humke for his commitment and service to Washoe County and wished him well in future endeavors.

A video from Washoe County Television was aired in the Chambers as a tribute to Chairman Humke and Commissioner Weber.

Presentation of Appreciation for Commissioner Bonnie Weber: Item 7.I. Commissioner Bonnie Weber took her Oath of Office on Jan. 6, 2003 and has served three terms as Washoe County Commissioner for District 5, where she has lived as a resident for more than 30 years.

During her tenure on the Commission, Weber was instrumental in the opening of the North Valley’s Water Splash Park, the creation of sidewalks in Sun Valley to make the areas safer for all residents, and the opening of the Crystal Peak Park and Verdi Pond and Nature Area.

The Board extended their sincere appreciation to Commissioner Weber for her outstanding leadership. The Board wished her all the best in the next chapter of her life.

Certificate of Appreciation for Washoe County District Attorney Richard Gammick: Item 7.E. The Board recognized Washoe County District Attorney Richard Gammick for his dedication to the service of others in his capacity as a Reno Police Officer, Major in the United States Army, a member of the Nevada Army National Guard, Deputy Reno City Attorney, and Washoe County District Attorney. Gammick has served as the Washoe County District Attorney since 1995. During his 20 years as DA, Gammick’s achievements are far-reaching. The Board thanked Gammick for improving the safety of Washoe County, bringing justice for victims and protecting those in need.

Certificate of Appreciation for Sheriff Michael Haley: Item 7.F. The Board gave Sheriff Michael Haley a Certificate of Appreciation for his eight years of service to the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO). Michael Haley was elected Sheriff of Washoe County on Nov. 7, 2006.

Since taking over command of the Sheriff’s Office, Haley made great strides in bringing Washoe County to the forefront of high-tech law enforcement standards. He is responsible for the building of the Northern Nevada Counter-Terrorism and Cyber Center at the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office. These state-of-the-art facilities provide crime analysts the means to research and evaluate crime statistics throughout our region and coordinate efforts with other law enforcement agencies.

Certificate of Appreciation for Joe Kubo: Item 7.G. The Board recognized Joe Kubo, the longest standing constable in Incline Village. Kubo has been constable for 14 years. Prior to becoming constable, Kubo was with the Fresno Police Department for 21 years, where he retired as a detective after being injured in the line of duty. Kubo was also a coroner's investigator for the Washoe County Medical Examiner’s Incline Village Office for ten years.

Certificate of Appreciation for Washoe County Assessor Josh Wilson: Item 7.H. The Board recognized Josh Wilson for his hard work as the Washoe County Assessor. Wilson began his career with Washoe County in December 1988 as a Library Aide at the Sierra View branch library. He worked his way through Sparks High School and the University of Nevada in the library system before becoming an appraiser in the Assessor’s Office in 1999. Josh was promoted through the appraisal series to a senior appraiser position before successfully running for the Office of the County Assessor in 2006. Under Josh’s leadership as Assessor, the office improved the assessment process by: migrating to an annual reappraisal cycle, updating every technological platform used, and increasing the transparency of the office with a focus on customer service. These improvements allowed the office to provide better information and assessments for taxpayers while reducing the department’s operating budget by over $2 million annually. Josh has served as the president and vice-president of the Nevada Assessors’ Association and recently received their most prestigious honor, the Homer Rodriquez Award, recognizing the assessor who has made the greatest contribution to the success of the Association. The Board thanked Wilson for a job well done.

Certificate of Appreciation for Jesse Haw: Item 7.C. The Board recognized Jesse Haw, Chairman of the Organizational Effectiveness Committee (OEC) for his outstanding service. Haw started working with Washoe County through the Building Department in 2006, helping with community development.

Haw is also president of Hawco Properties, former director of Nevada Security Bank and its parent company The Bank Holdings, past-President of the Builders Association of Northern Nevada and president-elect of the Nevada State Homebuilders Association. 

The Board thanked Haw for serving on the committee and making a positive impact in our community.

Certificate of Appreciation for Ryan Souza: Item 7.D: The Board recognized Ryan Souza for his donations to the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit. On Oct. 14, the Board of County Commissioners approved Souza’s sizable personal donation to the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit to purchase equipment. Souza has donated his own money to help pay for equipment for the K9 Unit three times. Souza has been an Office Assistant III (CIC Operator) for the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office since 2005.

Resolution of Appreciation for South Truckee Meadows General Improvement District (STMGID) Board of Trustees: Item 7.B. The Board of County Commissioners recognized the STMGID Board of Trustees for their commitment and hard work during the transition with the Truckee Meadows Water Authority. Robert D. Acheson, Steve Cohen, Gary Tavernetti, E. Sue Saunders, and Gerald Shumacher were all recognized.

Update on medical marijuana establishment (MME) regulations: Item 26. Assistant County Manager Kevin Schiller updated the Board about MME regulations and processes for the State of Nevada and Washoe County.

Financing for a new Medical Examiner’s Office: Item 11.The Board issued up to $12 million of general obligation (limited tax) building bonds for the County to construct a new Medical Examiner’s Office. The Board said to meet the needs of the public, these funds will be dedicated to acquiring an adequate facility for the medical examiner.

Washoe County operates the current Medical Examiner’s Office on Kirman Avenue in Reno. The building was built in 1959 and last renovated in 2003. However, the current site has inadequate parking and is too small for operations. The cost to maintain the building has increased and the building is no longer suitable for its current use.

Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District (TMFPD) ambulance operation license: Item 9. The Board directed TMFPD staff to apply for a license to equip and operate an ambulance for the purpose of providing advanced life support transport services to other entities during declared emergencies and to authorize staff to negotiate mutual aid with REMSA.TMFPD would be able to transport patients when determined necessary by REMSA with any kind of medical emergency. Fire Chief Charles Moore said the ambulance would likely rarely be used and only when all other ambulances are in service. He said the ambulance will be assigned and operated by personnel at station 30 in Washoe Valley.

Grant for Congregate and Home Delivered Meals Program and amendment to the Food Management Services Agreement with Valley Services: Items 8.J.2 and 13. The Board accepted a $3,500 grant award from the Meals on Wheels Association of America and Subaru of America ‘s Opportunity Based Grant. The grant will help purchase a vehicle that will be used to deliver free, nutritious meals to seniors throughout Washoe County.

The Board also approved an amendment to the Food Management Services Agreement with Valley Services, Inc. that includes a six month agreement for $477,780. The money will help Valley Services, Inc. provide the food for the Senior Nutrition Program which serves nearly 210,000 meals to Washoe County seniors each year.

Proposal for Child Protection Facility Operator at Kids Kottage: Item 16. The Board approved an award request for a Child Protection Facility Operator at Kids Kottage to Core Dynamics, LLC for an estimated amount of $3,500,000 to $3,900,000 annually. The Board also approved an 18-month agreement with Core Dynamics, LLC beginning in January 2015.

Core Dynamics has been the shelter contractor for the Kids Kottage since 1994. The Kids Kottage facilities are used to help take care of up to 82 neglected, abandoned and/or abused children under the age of 18. Last year, the Kids Kottage facilities housed an average of 65 children. 

Veterinary Clinical Affiliation Agreement between Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC) and Washoe County Regional Animal Services (WCRAS): Item 10. Washoe County Regional Animal Services Supervisor Bobby Smith presented the Board with a review of the educational partnership with TMCC and the opportunities students have to learn veterinary skills within Regional Animal Services. Students that are registered in the TMCC Veterinary Technician Program work closely with their instructor and Animal Services staff to learn a variety of medical and animal husbandry procedures. Smith said the program goes a long way in teaching students.

“With this partnership we increase the knowledge and hands-on skill set of the students,” said Smith. “Additionally, Animal Services is looking to expand the educational opportunities for students in the Washoe County School District and students pre-registered with TMCC’s Veterinary Technician Program.”

Wild horse and burro protection in northern Nevada: Item 7.A. The Board of County Commissioners approved a resolution supporting the implementation of humane management cooperative agreements between private non-profits and public agencies to address the management of wild horses and burros not protected by federal law.