Minden sets April 25 meeting to pick attorney
April 5, 2013
Minden Town Board members set a special meeting April 25 to interview finalists and select a new town counsel.
The vacancy was created in January with the retirement of George Keele after 32 years serving the board.
The finalists are:
■ Michael McCormick, Minden, former Douglas County assistant district attorney;
■ Michael Rowe, Minden, partner Rowe, Hales, Yturbide, former Douglas County district attorney, and current or former counsel for the Gardnerville Ranchos, Topaz Ranch Estates, Gardnerville, Genoa and the Nevada Commission for the Reconstruction of the V&T Railway;
■ Ryan Russell, Carson City, Allison, MacKenzie, Pavlakis, Wright & Fagan, Ltd.;
■ Charles Zumpft, Minden, partner Brooke, Shaw and Zumpft, also Yerington city attorney and Gardnerville Water Co. counsel.
The finalists were selected by town board members and staff, each of whom submitted up to two names from a pool of 13 applicants.
"I read all the applications, and we have four wonderful candidates," board member Roxanne Stangle said Wednesday. "I know two of them, and two I don't know. I would like the opportunity to know them all. I feel funny voting for or against somebody I don't know."
Board member Steve Thaler recommended making the decision on Wednesday.
"We're talking about hiring the town attorney. I think we can get it all done tonight," he said.
Chairman Charlie Condron endorsed the idea of a special meeting.
"This is a very important choice, and I would like to hear from each one," he said.
Condron said he wanted talking points to include experience with water law, working with municipalities, Open Meeting Law and fee structures.
The board will come up with a list of questions which will be provided to the candidates in advance of the meeting, a process they followed when Jenifer Davidson was hired as town manager.
Each finalist will have an opportunity to address the board on April 25.
In their applications, candidates were asked to include their résumés, experience in the public sector, and knowledge of water law, land use, zoning and planning, Open Meeting Law and ethics in government.
Candidates also were asked to list whom they would provide as a backup attorney in the event they were unavailable to the board for a monthly meeting or other matter.
Once the candidate has been selected, a salary will be negotiated.
Other applicants include Doug Walther, Carson City; Steven C. Gross, Truckee, Calif.; Devon T. Reese, Incline Village; Steven L. Morris, Boulder City, Nev.; Rick R. Hsu, Reno; Justin Clouser, Minden; Deborah A. Palmer, Stateline; Mark Forsberg, Carson City; Karen Winters, Minden.