Nelson knocks approval of employee contracts |

Nelson knocks approval of employee contracts

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Dave Nelson addresses Ranchos residents at a town hall meeting on July 11.
Special to The R-C |

At a town hall meeting, District 1 County Commissioner Dave Nelson criticized commissioners for voting on a county employee contract despite an error.

Nelson said he decided to vote “no” on the various county employee contracts because they were incorrectly written.

The contracts stated employees would receive at least a 2 percent cost of living adjustment raise every odd year. The contracts should have read a 2 percent COLA.

Nelson asked that the contracts be corrected and then given to the various unions for a clear vote before coming back to the Board of Commissioners for approval. The contract was approved 4-1 after assurances that it would be corrected, with Nelson being the only dissenting vote.

Nelson conducted a town hall meeting on July 11 at East Fork Fire Station No. 7 in the Gardnerville Ranchos.

He said he’s concerned the county is not spending taxpayer money wisely and is thereby pushing the county into further debt.

Nelson said the previous board chose not to maintain county roads unless they are feeder or arterial county roads and that he is looking into correcting this policy.

One attendee asked about the hiring process and status of the county manager. Nelson said the previous board of commissioners hired Werner’s company to provide a county manager, and further, in that contract, Larry Werner is listed as an interim county manager.

A rancher brought up his concerns that the Carson River is not being appropriately cleared of debris and sandbars to mitigate erosion and flooding. In the discussion that followed both possible actions by the county and the state were brought forth.

Nelson asked how he could better serve his constituents. Gil Galvan encouraged him to keep doing what he is doing. This sentiment was echoed by other members of the audience.

Nelson is available to answer any questions or address any concerns Douglas County residents may have. He can be reached at or 775-690-2979

Nelson said he plans to hold quarterly Town Hall Meetings in his district.