Minden Town Board
Residence: Minden 48 years
Occupation: Professional Land Surveyor
Record of Service: Eight years on Minden Town Board, 12 years Douglas County Wildlife Advisory Board
Education: Douglas High School
Platform: I have spent most of almost every day of my life in the Town of Minden both living and working. I love this Town and it’s people and believe along with my fellow Board members have done a good job the last eight years taking care of the Town’s business.
Residence: I have resided in Minden for 18 years, in Douglas County for over 30 years
Occupation: I am retired as the first fire chief of the East Fork Fire and Paramedic District, Currently a Realtor with Realty Executives Nevada’s Choice in Gardnerville
Age: Born in Oakland on Feb. 2, 1941, (77 years old)
Address: 1090 Daphne Court, Minden
Record of service: Currently serve on the Douglas County Airport Advisory Committee, Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors & Economic Development Committee. Current CASA volunteer. Previously served on Douglas County Board of Appeals and 9-1-1 Surcharge Advisory Committee.
Education: BA Public Administration, St. Mary’s College, Moraga, CA, Graduate Douglas County Leadership Program,attended National Fire Academy, Emittsberg, MD
Honors: Past president Minden Rotary, Past President Sierra Nevada Association of Realtors, Realtor of the year 2008, Santa Claus at the annual Carson Valley Christmas Parade of Lights.
Minden is not broken and does not need fixing
I see sitting down, receiving input and discussing issues of concern are a crucial role for a Town Board Member.
I will support all efforts to preserve the “Conservative Small Town” ambiance of Minden.
I will encourage a sustainable business environment for local small businesses.
I will always support measures that will improve and sustain the quality of life Town residents enjoy.
I am a fiscal conservative and will vote intelligently on all measures coming before the Town Board.
I understand that maintaining the quality of life in Minden comes at a cost. I will support measures that are necessary to sustain and improve the quality of life here in Minden.
I am proud to call Minden my home.
Richard Koontz Sr.
Place and length of residence: Moved to Douglas County in September, 1991. Moved to the Town Of Minden in June, 2002, and presently reside at same residence.
Occupation: Retired, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. Presently working part time for the Douglas County Constables Office and self employed.
Contact information: Richard Koontz Sr. email firstname.lastname@example.org
Record of service: 21 years in law enforcement, volunteer firefighter -EMT 2 years, football coach (high school, pop Warner and flag football) from 1982 to present.
Education: Nevada POST academy ( with hundreds of hours of specialized training throughout my career, to include 2 K9’s, FTO, hostage negotiator, honor guard, CIT, etc), Los Angeles County Union Carpenters 4 year apprenticeship program, attended Cerritos College and Western Nevada College.
Honors: Carson Valley active 20-30 Club awarded me the “citizen of the year” 2017,
Platform: I have enjoyed living and working in Douglas County for more than two decades. I am a dedicated, hard working civil servant and would enjoy the opportunity to serve on the Minden Town board. My wife and I have raised our three sons in Northern Nevada and i would like to continue serving this great community. Thank you for your consideration.
William R Souligny
Residence: 1129 Wisteria Drive Minden NV 89423
Gardnerville resident 1967 – 1969 (2 1/2 years)
Minden resident 1969 – present (48 1/2 years)
Occupation: Retired Nevada State Budget Analyst III, Assistant Chief DMV&PS Bureau of Enforcement, Chief Pilot Nevada Aero, Captain NV Wing Civil Air Patrol, Gaming Control Board, Enforcement Agent II, Investigator II, Training Officer, NV State Legislature Supervisor Support Services and Staff
Age: 74 years old
Contact Info: (775) 782-3832
Record of Service: USAF enlisted 4 years, 17 months Vietnam, honorable discharge. Appointed Minden Town Board 2 years, elected and currently serving 2 years, Chairman 1 year
Education: WNCC Associate Criminal Justice, AG Aviation Academy Commercial Pilot, Flight Instructor, Multi-engine, and Instrument rating, ATE Santa Monica Airline Transport Pilot ASMEL, Texas A&M University Certificate Electronic Countermeasures, NV POST Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, and Management certificates. POST Instructor development
Honors: Governors’ Awards for Team Building related to the State Uniform Crime Reporting system and Brady Handgun Bill. Guest speaker at the National Gaming Conference
Platform: I am honored to have served on the Minden Town Board nearly four years. During my term, I have attended the regular board meetings for the Gardnerville Town Board, Planning Commission, and County Commission because it’s important to me to stay current and fully informed of local and county government plans and initiatives. I read and seek confirmation of every document submitted to, or generated by, the Town. I am diligent in reviewing and seeking justification for Town expenditures. I volunteered and am serving as the Minden liaison for the Nevada League of Cities and Municipalities, and the Carson Valley Arts Council.
I have no conflicts of interest as to my employment or residence and I seek out and question experts in the fields of water and planning and rely on their input to guide my official position. I also rely on input from my neighbors and friends as we all live here and are supportive of each other. I believe the Town’s first obligation should be its current residents.
I am conservative in my views regarding development within the Township. I do not support high density development, nor do I believe the Town should be required to accept large, high density complexes to satisfy regional housing needs. I am proud to say that we have no debt, good roads, adequate storm and flood mitigation, ample and pure water, great parks and community buildings, a stable tax structure, and an exceptional staff. Minden is unique. I am working to keep it so.
Record of Service: I enjoy helping put on events which bring people to
Minden to enjoy all that we have to offer. With the help from friends, I started the Esmeralda Farmers’ Market, which is entering its 15th year in May. I have helped put on the Christmas Market held the first weekend in December.
I have sponsored craft fairs, car shows and other events in downtown Minden over the years to help spotlight our wonderful little community.
Honors: I am a third-generation Carson Valley native. I have lived in the Town of Minden for 43 years and owned my home for 41 years. I’ve worked in Minden since I was 15 years old, starting at the Town and Country store in old town Minden, which moved over to 1600 Esmeralda Avenue in 1972. The Town and Country then became Tumblewind a short time later. I purchased the business from Tom and Norma Andrews in 1987. The business changed from clothing to antiques and collectibles 23 years ago.
Platform: I have two children, Jeanine, who lives in Las Vegas and Mat, who lives in Reno, I have one grandchild, Jordan, who is the love of my life.
I love Minden and the people here and hope to continue to help in any way that I can. I am running for re-election to the town board because I feel that I am involved in our community and have more to contribute and look forward to the opportunity to serve the town and its people for four more years.