Gardnerville recommends Higuera for board vacancy
Gardnerville town board members voted 3-1 Tuesday to recommend that DCCA TV manager Lloyd Higuera fulfill the remaining 10 months of a 4-year term left by Robin Bernhard, who resigned last month after accepting a new job in Las Vegas.
According to Town Manager Tom Dallaire, an earlier attempt to nominate former board member Jerry Smith failed 2-2. When Linda Slater nominated Higuera, Board Chairman Paul Lindsay and Vice Chairman Ken Miller supported the motion. Mike Philips cast the sole dissenting vote.
Higuera, who has lived in Gardnerville for 26 years, was nominated from a pool of nine applicants.
“I would like to serve on the Gardnerville Town Board because I enjoy being actively involved in my community,” Higuera wrote in his application. “I believe that my business experience, owning and operating KGVM, Carson Valley Radio, for 18 years and my years of community service have given me the experience to make a positive contribution to the town board.”
The Douglas County Board of Commissioners will make the final appointment during their March 1 meeting.
“We were so thrilled about all the interest in the vacant position,” Dallaire said Wednesday. “All the candidates were qualified to fill the open spot.”
He said whomever is appointed, however, will have to run for the seat in the November general election. Because Lindsay is not seeking reelection, there will be two seats available.
“I would like to encourage them (the remaining applicants) to file for the two open positions, and remind them the new filing dates are March 5 through March 16,” Dallaire said. “It would be a pleasure to work with any of those candidate who presented to the board last night.”
Those still under consideration for appointment include the following:
Cheddington Circle resident Marco Caldana has lived in the Silver State for 30 years and currently works as the assistant general manager for the Hard Rock Cafe at Stateline.
“I am proud to tell people I live in Gardnerville,” Caldana said. “I believe that my 35 years in the food and beverage industry, my understanding of providing quality products and services to customers and my ability to successfully deliver financial results through proper budgeting and execution of plan will be of significant benefit to the board.”
Toler Lane resident John Carey Jr., who recently retired from North Sails, has lived on the same street for 29 years.
“I have seen many good things that have taken place over the years that have been approved by the Gardnerville Town Board,” Carey said. “I am excited about the future plans that are taking place and would like to contribute in making those plans happen.”
Marion Russell resident Chad Foster has been a GIS technician and analyst for Douglas County for six years.
“I am familiar with the social, political, physical and commercial environment that is unique to Carson Valley,” Foster said. “My educational background in business management and environmental physical sciences would also provide valuable insight when it comes to dealing with complicated issues like development and flood plain management.”
Wendover Court resident Anna Marie Fox has lived in the Silver State for 20 years and presently works as a recreation aide for Douglas County Parks and Recreation.
“My interest in this position is fueled by my desire to make a bigger contribution to the community, and to learn and grow from the experience,” Fox said.
Chichester Drive resident Robert Garret, a retired Mono County administrative officer, has more than 40 years of experience working with state and local governments.
“My success encompasses rural and urban environments,” Garret said. “I am comfortable working as part of a team, as well as independently gathering information and presenting it in a public environment for consideration and modification, as necessary.”
Brooke Way resident Jeffrey Martin Schemenauer is a veteran of the U.S. Army and now works as a deputy sheriff and investigator for the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.
“As a 16-year public servant, I understand the needs, priorities and commitments required to fill this position,” Schemenauer said. “As an 11-year Gardnerville resident, my family and I have witnessed the positive growth as well as the recent economic challenges our community faces. I am excited to participate in identifying solutions and providing leadership through this difficult time.”
Retired Toiyabe Avenue resident Jerry Smith previously served two elected terms on the Gardnerville Town Board. He has lived in the town for more than 40 years.
“Whatever happens, it’s been a pleasure to be a part of it,” Smith said.
Aylesbury Court resident Mary Ann Wenner is deputy clerk treasurer for Douglas County and has lived in Gardnerville for more than 11 years.
“I am interested in being on the board because I like to know what is happening in my neighborhood,” said Wenner. “I would like to see more walking/bike paths in Gardnerville and Douglas County.”