Primary Election 2022: Douglas County Clerk-Treasurer

 Amy Burgans
110 Mark Street
Gardnerville, NV 89410
Current Douglas County Clerk-Treasurer
44 Years Old

Amy Burgans


Record of Service
After graduating high school, I joined the US Army in 1996. I proudly served with the Military Police and was stationed back east during my active duty. Subsequent to the terror attack on 9-11, I was recalled to the U.S. Army Reserve and was honorably discharged in 2005.
I have a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Degree with a Certificate in Management from the University of Phoenix. While attending UOP under their online course program, I was a single mom homeschooling my five children and working full time. I graduated with a 3.97 GPA.

 A brief statement about your platform:
In my role as Clerk, I will ensure Douglas County elections are honest, fair, and transparent. It is essential that voters trust that each vote is counted properly and is a valid vote.  Voter registration records will be kept timely and updated.  It will also be my distinct honor and responsibility to fight for the interests of Douglas County citizens at the Nevada State Legislature in all matters pertaining to proposed laws that may affect the rights of our voters. Regarding other Clerk duties, I pledge to provide a timely and accurate record of proceedings (minutes) of the Board of County Commissioners’ meetings.  On the Treasurer side of my position, I pledge that each day all revenue the county collects will be properly deposited and the cash and bank accounts will be reconciled to the penny.  Safeguarding the county’s assets is a top Treasurer priority, as is making sure the county receives a maximum return on its investments (that may total as much as $110 million on any one day). I’ve put together a great team, and we have a proven record of excellence in handling all of the duties required of the Clerk-Treasurer’s office in Douglas County.

What makes you the most qualified candidate for this position:  
To fill a vacancy in the position, the Board of County Commissioners unanimously voted to appoint me as Douglas County’s Clerk-Treasurer in December, 2020. Since then, I have reorganized the Douglas County Clerk-Treasurer’s office into three distinct operating units that handle the duties of the Clerk, the Treasurer, and the Elections Departments. I have hired or placed key staff in each of these three departments which now run independently of the other two.  I have worked diligently to purge the voter rolls of those no longer living in the county. As mandated by the State, I redrew the district boundary maps for the County Commissioners, East Fork Fire Department, and the School Board districts, and I assisted in writing the ordinance that was approved by the BOCC to certify the new district boundary maps. Douglas County has been my home for the past 16 years, and the place where I chose to raise my children. Our family is actively involved in community services and organizations. My oldest son currently serves in the US Army, and my next two oldest sons are students at UNR. My two youngest are attending school at Faith Christian Academy in Gardnerville. As a working single parent, I have faithfully raised my children while having a successful career in law enforcement prior to coming to work for the Douglas County Manager in 2019. I am proud of my service to the community and residents of Douglas County and would be honored to continue as your Clerk-Treasurer for four more years.

Heather MacDonnell
732 Indian Trail Rd
Gardnerville, NV. 89460
Administrative Services Manager for Douglas County Public Works
Age: 42
Contact Information:

Heather MacDonnell

 Record of service:

My community involvement and volunteerism has extended over many years. My husband and I were dedicated foster parents for nearly ten years. We have coached and mentored many children throughout the years of our own children growing up. I have worked several elections, and am an active rescue member, and board member of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team.

A brief statement about your platform:
I am running for Clerk-Treasurer to give the voters of Douglas County a choice in this election, so they may enact their civic duty and participate in the democratic process. You are unable to do that when there is only one candidate on the ballot that was appointed by the BOCC, not elected by the people.

I will ensure election integrity, government transparency, fiscal responsibility, and I promise to be a trusted leader in our community by always being honest and ethical.

My plan is to bring back the full services to the public in the Clerk-Treasures office that were offered pre-pandemic. I will put the people of our community first always, while still following all statutory requirements.
Participating in elections is one of the key freedoms of American life. We need to hold tight to these freedoms and not take them for granted. People in countries around the world do not have the same freedom, nor did many Americans in centuries past.

Elections are in a constant state of questioning and concern. I believe people should be questioning the norm and participating in the process. Good enough is never good enough. We should evaluate and audit every process, before and after each election, to see where we can improve.

It comes down to what makes our electoral districts and constituents feel safe and knowing that their voting rights are intact, to me this would include transparency, community involvement and audits.

What makes you the most qualified candidate for this position:

I started my public service career in 2006 as Deputy Treasurer in Alturas, California. Then was sworn in as City Treasurer in November of 2011. As City Treasurer I was a member of California Municipal Treasurers Association (CMTA), oversaw the city budget and investments, implemented direct deposit, an online payment service for utility customers, and designed a new website that they still use today. I was re-elected and maintained this position until relocating with family to Douglas County.

I am the most qualified and experienced candidate for this position. I have excelled in every position that I have held. I have the knowledge I have the experience and I have the desire to serve my community.

 After relocating in 2016, I went to work for Douglas County as an accountant for the finance department. Two years later I promoted to an Administrative Services Manager position at Public Works, where I supervise the staff and oversee the day-to-day operations. This includes issuing water and sewer connection permits, overseeing the utility billing for over four thousand customers, and help maintain the department budgets and capital projects.

I have also served as lead project manager and department liaison over a multitude of technology-related projects, including implementation of e-billing and reoccurring credit card payments for customers, along with being the department’s website administrator.

 I am competent in all aspects of local government and have led several successful teams in finance, administrative services, and in volunteerism. I have dedicated my career to my community with a total of sixteen years in local government. I take pride in being a public servant and do all I can to serve the people. I have helped with several elections in the County and know that election integrity is a priority. Managing the County treasury is also a huge responsibility and should be done by someone with competence, knowledge, and experience. I look forward to continuing to serve the community as your Clerk-Treasurer and respectfully ask for your vote on June 14th.


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