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Reno City Leaders Take Office

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For the first time in 12 years, Reno has a new mayor. The council chamber was filled with excitement and emotion as Hillary Schieve took the oath of office, and outgoing Mayor Bob Cashell passed the gavel onto her.

"Mayor, I want to present you with your gavel," Cashell said to Schieve. "It says 'Mayor Hillary Schieve.' Here's the key to your office."

Schieve has spent the last two years on Reno's city council, and says she has gained a wealth of valuable experience during that time.

"One of the biggest things is to listen to your constituents and to really make sure that everyone at City Hall has a voice," Schieve said.

Cashell and Councilmembers Dwight Dortch and Sharon Zadra are leaving with 36 years of combined experience. While Schieve says she has some big shoes to fill, it's a challenge she's looking forward to.

"I think sometimes that's a good thing, whenever you have new ideas and fresh faces," Schieve said. "It's really an exciting time for Reno."
Naomi Duerr was next to take office, representing Ward 2 on the city council.

"This is amazing," Duerr said. "This is a dream come true. Ever since I was in college, I thought about running for office, towards this part of my life, and it's come true."

Long-time labor leader, Paul McKenzie is now the City Councilman for Ward 4. He says the city needs to be smart with its money, and invest wisely.

"We need to re-invest in our own community," McKenzie said. "Whether it be construction or the bills that we pay, we need to pay them here, in our community, and keep that money here. Especially our taxpayer dollars."

Former Washoe County prosecutor Karl Hall is Reno's new City Attorney. Gene Drakulich is the newest Municipal Court Judge for Department 1. The new leaders represent change, and the outgoing mayor says it's nothing they can't handle.

"They're going to do a great job," Cashell said. "They just gotta communicate with each other and work and they'll do that. Hillary will do a great job working with them and pulling them together."

One of the city council's first jobs will be to appoint someone to Schieve's vacant council seat. That has to be done within 30 days to avoid a special election. A city spokesman says an election would cost about $200,000. The City of Reno will begin accepting applications for At-Large Council Member on Thursday, November 13. The application period will close at 5 p.m. on November 20. The names of applicants will be posted publicly on Reno.gov.

Council Members will then submit rankings of their top five applicants to the City Clerk. A special meeting will be held on Monday, December 1. The purpose of the meeting will be to ratify the applicant rankings, determine the top three candidates, hear candidate presentations, conduct interviews, and make the appointment.

In consideration of the At-Large Council Member, board and commission appointments will occur at the December 3 Council meeting.

Meanwhile, Oscar Delgado will serve as Reno's vice mayor for the next year.

(The City of Reno also contributed to this report.)

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