I have spent my life in Nevada and for the past 20 years it has been serving the citizens of Washoe County at the Clerk’s office. I’m sure I have had the pleasure of meeting many of you in my tenure at the Clerk’s office I’ve served under three different clerks and come from a family of public servants. From my Great Uncle, John Koontz who served as Nevada’s Secretary of State, my grandmother who worked for the Nevada Department of Transportation for 30+ years, my father who served as Fire Chief right here in Reno and my mother who, in her 40 year career, has worked for the Washoe County District Attorney, County Clerk, District Court and Nevada Legislature!!! and, still does to this day. To say serving the public is in my blood would be an understatement.
The Clerk’s Office is responsible for many things, from marriage licenses, notary bonds, performing marriage ceremonies or taking the minutes of many of the boards in Washoe County to starting a new business in the Truckee Meadows, chances our you’ll be visiting the clerk’s office. And, if you have ever done any of the things above, you’ve probably talked to me
I believe that my 20 plus years’ experience in the Washoe County Clerk’s office give me a unique prospective and insight into the office. I have had the opportunity, in my tenure, to serve in every aspect of the office. I have had the pleasure of issuing thousands of Marriage Licenses to people from all over the globe. I may have even sent you off on the next chapter of your life! In addition to that I served as the Washoe County Commissioner of Civil Marriage and was lucky enough to perform civil marriage ceremonies, on behalf of the county for hundreds of couples, I’ve spent late nights in the Washoe County Commission Chambers with the Board of County Commissioners and early morning meeting setups for the Board of Equalization and sent thousands of new business owners off to chase their own American dream.
For 5 years I spearheaded a Holiday Food Campaign, the Silver Sleigh, that provided nearly 1500 pounds of food and toys yearly to Evelyn Mount, the Food Bank of Norther Nevada, Veterans House and many others local charities.
For years I provided a community outreach program in partnership with the Nevada Historical Society and gave thousands of elementary school students from our area tours of the historic Washoe County Courthouse teaching the history of our State and County along with the functions of our counties elected offices. From Lake’s Crossing to the Comstock Load, the rich history of this valley has been a love of mine since childhood and still fascinate me to this day.
Okay, Just One More.
In 2017, while visiting the New Orleans Audubon Insectarium with friends, I noticed a United State’s map that listed the state insect for every state. As Nevada had just adopted a state insect at the 2016 legislative session the map had not been updated. Much to my companions’ dismay I had to rectify this and was able to speak to an entomologist and update them on our new state insect….the vivid dancer damselfly. After an hour or so of discussion I was guaranteed that the map would be updated. I returned the next year, and the promise was kept! Nevada had a state insect on the map.
Like I said, public service is in my blood.