Douglas County manager may be out by Jan. 29 |

Douglas County manager may be out by Jan. 29

James Nichols

Genoa, Nev. — Douglas County Manager Jim Nichols would receive $115,346 should county commissioners approve a voluntary separation agreement on Thursday.

That amounts to six months of severance pay, $29,346 in unused annual and sick leave, and six months worth of insurance premiums in addition to workers compensation, Medicare and unemployment insurance.

Under the transition plan up for discussion by county commissioners at their Lake Tahoe meeting, Nichols would be available for consultation with the county for three months after his last day on Jan. 29.

In exchange, Nichols will waive any claims he might have against the county. broke the news that Nichols was leaving on Tuesday night.

“We appreciate Jim’s service and commitment to Douglas County for the past year,” said Commission Chairman Doug Johnson. “We are working with Mr. Nichols to develop an agreement that is fair to both parties.”

County commissioners will also discuss selecting an interim county manager and starting work to find Nichols replacement.

“I appreciate the opportunity afforded to me by the Board of County Commissioners,” he said. “I have enjoyed my time in Douglas County and the great people who make up this community. I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the incredible work of the county staff who have helped make the past year such a memorable one.”

Work hammering out details of the transition began after Nichols made his initial announcement to county commissioners at a Dec. 29, 2015, workshop held at the Topaz Lodge.

“I still question the value of my leadership in this organization relative to the board make-up that we have right now,” he told commissioners at the time.

During his Nov. 4 evaluation earlier in the year, Nichols said he felt he’d routinely not met expectations from the county commission as a whole.

“This has been the most challenging period of my entire career,” Nichols said. “I may have met expectations of individual board members, but I haven’t met the five sets of divergent expectations on a day-to day-basis.”

At the end of the evaluation, Johnson expressed concern that Nichols might be leaving.

County commissioners hired Nichols in August 2014. He had previously been assistant city manager in Midland, Texas, and a deputy city manager in Las Vegas. Nichols’s salary was set at $172,000 by county commissioners.

He officially started Sept. 29, 2014.