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New Reno City Council Members Take Office

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Reno City Hall has some new faces with four council members passing the torch to the new ones.

Neoma Jardon, Jenny Brekhus, Oscar Delgado, and Hillary Schieve are officially part of the Reno City Council.

"It's just such an honor and everyone is incredibly excited and it's actually just one of those things where you just look at it and say 'What a great opportunity' and I'm so excited to represent our city," Schieve said.

"It's great," Brekhus said. "I worked very hard over the last year and it's just great to have it come true and represent Ward One and the whole city."

The new council members take over during a time when Reno's economy is still recovering -  something they all say they're focused on as they start their first terms.

"Job creation, economic development is a key factor and I think all of us are on the same page with working with all the different agencies to make sure that's a priority," Jardon said.

"I'm really looking forward to digging into some hard issues that the city's been looking at," Delgado said. "The budget, making sure we're doing what they're supposed to be doing."

Newly former Councilman Dan Gustin chose not to run for re-election. And Pierre Hascheff, Dave Aiazzi, and Jessica Sferrazza have all termed out.

12 years is the maximum they can spend in office.

Hascheff and Aiazzi have been in much longer because they were already in office when term limits were set.

So altogether, those four had more than 50 combined years on the city council.

"I'm losing a great bunch of people," Mayor Bob Cashell said. "I'm really going to miss them because we got to where we could read each other pretty good and stuff like that. But really looking forward to working with the new people."

While this might be the end of an era, some of those new people could bring new visions to the city.

"I think they'll bring some real fresh ideas," Cashell said. "You know, when you've been her for a little while, you need new fresh ideas."

This the first time Cashell has been back at the meeting since having open heart surgery a little more than one month ago.

He says he's feeling just fine.

Some former council members say the best advice they can give the new members is to listen.

Written by Paul Nelson
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