County OKs contract with county manager
Werner is scheduled to appear on The Running Commentary 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
With an extension of his contract approved on Thursday, County Manager Larry Werner will be answering questions on The R-C’s award winning Running Commentary on Wednesday.
Douglas County commissioners approved the contract extension with Werner 5-0.
That contract will now expire in December 2017. Either Werner or the county could terminate the contract without penalty with 30 days’ notice.
The total cost of the contract from now through December 2017 would be $240,528, or $180,396 a year, or the same amount he’s making now.
According to Douglas Deputy District Attorney Doug Ritchie, that represents a savings of $65,878 over the prior county manager.
Under the previously approved one-year contract, Werner would be wrapping up in March 2017, three months after a new commission took office.
Werner is the 10th full-time Douglas County manager since the position was first created in 1974.
Werner, 68, is under contract with the county to serve in the position after the resignation of prior County Manager Jim Nichols.
A 20-year Johnson Lane resident, Werner served as Carson City manager for a half dozen years. He resigned in 2013, and then was back in harness the next year when he took over Douglas County for six months after County Manager Steve Mokrohisky left in April 2014.
In January 2015, Werner was asked back to take the county manager’s position after commissioners and Jim Nichols agreed to allow him to move on. Nichols is in negotiations with the city of Des Moines, Wash., to serve as manager. Werner is scheduled to appear on The Running Commentary 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Send questions to email@example.com.