Werner agrees to interim county manager job
Johnson Lane resident Larry Werner agreed to be interim county manager pending approval by county commissioners on Thursday.
Werner served as interim county manager before the hiring of Jim Nichols.
According to the county, Werner will be paid $172,008 with a car allowance of $700 per month
He would start work March 7 under a contract with his company, BHC Consultants, that is up for consideration by county commissioners.
“The human resources department is taking this matter very seriously and we wanted to reach out to Mr. Werner as soon as possible to discuss and negotiate an agreement suitable for both parties to be presented to the board,” said Human Resources Director Wendy Lang. “Mr. Werner comes with years of experience and public administration knowledge that could provide steady leadership through this transition.”
Commissioners voted 3-2 to have Lane and Deputy District Attorney Doug Ritchie approach Werner about the job.
County Manager Jim Nichols’ official last day was Friday. Commissioners voted to accept his resignation on Jan. 21.
Under the proposed contract, Werner would be an independent contractor, who would not require county health or insurance, vacation leave or sick pay.
The car allowance is in lieu of any mileage reimbursement. According to the county, the annual amount budgeted for the county manager position was $239,670. Werner’s contract is $59,270 less.
Either Werner or the county could terminate the contract with 30 days notice.
Werner, 67, retired in December 2013 after five years as Carson City manager. He is a Douglas County resident and worked as public works director in 1992.
Werner and his wife have roots in Douglas County that go back to the 1800s. They have been residents of Douglas County since 1997.
He graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno, in 1971 with a degree in civil engineering. He was assistant city manager for the city of Puyallup, Wash., prior to the Douglas County job. He was public works director in Carson from August 1978 to May 1984. He took over as Carson City manager in 2008.