Commissioners tackle planning appointments |

Commissioners tackle planning appointments

by Joey Crandall, Staff Writer

The Douglas County Commission will appoint two seats on the county planning commission at its meeting Thursday at Stateline.

Two seats were vacated earlier this year when planning commissioners Carolyn Whitmire and Gerald Brown both resigned for personal reasons. The commission will appoint two more seats at its Jan. 8, 2004, meeting as chair Valida McMichael’s and Mark Neuffer’s terms will expire on Dec. 31.

Whitmire’s term expires Dec. 31 of 2005 while Brown’s term expires Dec. 31, 2006.

Applicants for those two seats include McMichael, John Carne, Robert Conner, Garry den Heyer, Richard Gardner, Greg Lynn, Loren Orr and Richard Simpson.

– McMichael has served on the planning commission board for six years. She is seeking appointment to a full four-year term.

– Carne is a retired attorney who served as a consultant to the Ministry of Justice, Hungary regarding the establishment of constitutional laws there. He was also sponsored by the International Diplomacy Council in consulting African leaders on First Amendment issues. He earned professional licenses from the California Bar (1972), U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit (1972); U.S. Supreme Court (1972), U.S. District Courts, California (1972). He moved to Douglas County after retiring in December of 2001.

– Conner is a manager at the Minden Emergency Urgent Care Center. He has lived in Douglas County for two and a half years and boasts a Bachelors of Arts degree in anthropology with two years of graduate studies in archaeology. He also completed studies for a masters degree in forestry but did not complete his master’s thesis. He served as president and chairman of the board for the Redmond (Washington) Athletic Association.

– Den Heyer has lived in Douglas County for more than 27 years. He has served on the county’s board of equalization, the senior service board, 12 years on the East Fork Swimming Pool District and 25 years with the Carson Valley Sertoma Club.

– Gardner is a Stateline attorney who has lived in Douglas County for 20 years with an absence between 1979 and 1993. The Whittell High School graduate has previously served on the planning commission. He served as president of the Heavenly Ski Foundation and is a member of the Redevelopment Citizens Advisory Committee. Much of his legal experience outside of Nevada has been in development and redevelopment of commercial retail and office projects in the Seattle area.

– Lynn, a general building contractor, has been in business within the county for 24 years. He participated in the master plan review process and has participated in more than 30 interview boards selecting community development department personnel. He is a member of the Builders Association of Western Nevada and of the Douglas County Building Industry Association. He was the vice-president of the DCBIA for three years.

– Orr, a financial planner who has lived in Douglas County for 12 years, served on the Gardnerville Town Board for six years. He also represented the Town of Gardnerville to the Regional Tourism Committee and the Western Nevada Development District.

– Simpson is a retired systems analyst who has resided in Douglas County for four years. He is a 2003 graduate of Leadership Douglas County and received the Sertoman of the year award for 2003. He is currently in his second term as the vice president of fundraising for Carson Valley Sertoma and has served as quartermaster for the last four years.

– Joey Crandall can be reached at or at (775) 782-5121, ext. 212.