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New city manager for Reno

By May 18, 2011

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For the third time in less than a year, the Reno City Council has hired a new city manager. Andrew Clinger, Nevada's state budget director, has accepted the city manager position and is scheduled to start work in Reno after the end of the current legislative session on June 6. Should a budget not be passed and a special session is called, Clinger will stay with the state until the situation is resolved. Clinger brings extensive fiscal management experience to the job, a skill Reno is desperately in need of. He has served under three governors and during four legislative sessions.

When asked why he purposely sought such a difficult position, Clinger was quoted in the Reno Gazette-Journal as saying, "This is a new challenge for me. I am excited about it. I have been the state budget director for about six years and it's an opportunity to bring those skills to the city."

Clinger said his biggest challenge will be financial stability. He wants to break the ongoing cycle of cutting employees and services in reaction to an ever shrinking budget. When asked how he plans to accomplish that, Clinger said, "I don't know yet. I'll get in there and figure it out."

I sure hope Clinger turns out to be the right guy for the job. He is booking passage on the Titanic after already knowing there is a hole in the hull, so I'm assuming he is confident about being the engineer who can devise a permanent patch. Watching Reno slide into dire financial straits over the last couple of years has been sad and disheartening.

Source: Reno Gazette-Journal.

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