Washoe Commission Chair Hartung resigns, will take job with state

15 March 2023

Chair Vaughn Hartung is resigning from his position on the Washoe County Board of Commissioners to take a position on the board of the Nevada Transportation Authority, which regulates taxis and other passenger transportation services.

An announcement emailed by Washoe County Tuesday did not indicate what position he would be taking, but said the resignation was effective March 15.

“Chair Hartung is grateful for the opportunity to serve and he’s confident that Governor Joe Lombardo will appoint a successor who has the same dedication and commitment to the role,” the statement said.

Elizabeth Ray, a spokesperson for Lombardo’s office, said Hartung would serve as chair of the transportation authority, which has one vacant seat after George Assad left the position in January after being appointed to the Gaming Control Board.

State law stipulates that the governor gets to select the chair of the board.

Hartung, a Republican, most recently won re-election in 2020 to his third and final four-year term on the commission, after being elected to office in 2012. Under Nevada law, Hartung’s position will be filled by appointment by Lombardo, who must select a person of the same political party to take the seat.

Ray said there is not an appointment timeline available.

When reached via phone on Tuesday, Hartung declined to comment.

This story was updated at 5:57 p.m. to reflect new information that Hartung will be serving as chair of the board.

The post Washoe Commission Chair Hartung resigns, will take job with state appeared first on The Nevada Independent.

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