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Hiring assistant step toward manager

Anyone attending next week’s meet-and-greet with the candidates for assistant county manager should be aware that person could well end up being the next county manager.

That event is 5-7 p.m. Monday in the Carson Valley Inn ballroom.

Ever since the county contracted with current County Manager Larry Werner, commissioners have said they’re not interested in any sort of national search.

We agree those have not gone well.

That means the county will be looking closer to home for the person to replace Werner, and both the candidates for the assistant’s job are Douglas residents.

Genoa Town Manager Phil Ritger has owned his home in Nevada’s oldest town for 12 years. Both his daughters graduated from Douglas High School.

Mountain Warfare Training Center IT Manager Bradley Hurley has lived in the south county for seven years.

Both men have experience with government. A Marine veteran Hurley has grappled with federal budgets, and should be able to adapt to Nevada’s operations.

Ritger has a head start on him there though, having already dealt with many of the budgetary and legal issues a county manager might face, though writ far smaller.

Neither man should be considered in light of this, but we would have liked to know who the other half-dozen candidates for the job were. Unfortunately, Nevada’s open meeting law only applies to chief executives, not their assistants. If it turns out that whoever becomes the next county manager is drawn from this search, that seems like a loophole in the law that should be closed by the Legislature next time out.