A transition between Douglas County Manager Steve Mokrohisky and newly appointed Interim County Manager Larry Werner is now under way after Douglas County commissioners approved a six-month contract with Werner at their Thursday meeting in Minden. Mokrohisky’s last week as county manager will be spent bringing Werner up to speed, and including him in numerous meetings with staff and community leaders.
Residents will have an opportunity to meet Werner at an April 10 open house 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Minden Inn.
“I have great confidence and respect for Larry Werner,” said Commission Chairman Doug Johnson. “We are lucky to have such a highly capable interim county manager who will help guide Douglas County through a seamless transition until a permanent manager can be found.”
Werner, a Douglas County resident and retired Carson City manager, has been appointed to serve for up to six months at a cost of $12,000 per month until a permanent replacement is selected. As interim county manager, Werner will be working with commissioners, managing day-to-day operations, assisting in the recruitment and transition process, and continuing to lead Douglas County.
Mokrohisky announced in late February that he accepted a position as county administrator in Lane County, Oregon. He last day is April 11.
Werner served as the Carson City manager for five years and was instrumental in developing several regional partnerships, including public and environmental health, street light maintenance, regional water services and Geographic Information Services. Prior to serving as manager, Werner served as the capital’s development services director and city engineer, as well as a principal engineer for Lumos and Associates, in Minden. He also served as Douglas County’s Public Works Director in 1992-93.
At their March 20 meeting commissioners approved the use of consulting firm Peckham and McKenney to lead a search for the next Douglas County Manager. Peckham and McKenney is based on the west coast and has experience in Nevada, including successful recruitment and hiring of Douglas County’s current Chief Financial Officer. The recruitment for a new county manager is expected to take approximately 14 weeks, beginning with developing a thorough job announcement which encompasses the needs and key elements for Douglas County. Phil McKenney will visit Douglas County to meet with commissioners and other leaders to establish the foundation for this recruitment, which will drive the identification of the best candidates for the role.