Commissioner won’t seek another term |

Commissioner won’t seek another term

Gregory Crofton

Seeking a break from a busy work schedule, Douglas County Commissioner Bernie Curtis said he has decided not to run for a third term this fall.

The former undersheriff for Douglas County was elected in 1996 to represent District 3, which includes Topaz Lake and the southeast portion county.

“Eight years is enough,” Curtis said. “I’m not willing to give up another four years at this time to do this job. This is a full-time job no matter what anybody tells you if you do it correctly.”

Curtis’ work to create financial stability for the county and balance development with protection of open space have been his greatest accomplishments, according to County Manager Dan Holler and fellow Commissioner Jacques Etchegoyhen.

“Bernie is a good friend and we’re going to dearly miss him,” Etchegoyhen. “He is a straight shooter and boy that’s good thing in politics.”

Holler has worked closely with Curtis, 56, vice chairman of the commission, for the last eight years. Douglas County, he said, will be losing a huge resource when Curtis steps down at the end of the year.

“He brings a good sense of balance,” Holler said. “The history he brings to the issues is very important and he’s good at asking questions.”

Etchegoyhen, too, said Curtis’ historical knowledge will be missed.

“His knowledge of Douglas County is phenomenal,” Etchegoyhen said. “As undersheriff, he understood all the moving parts of Douglas County. That’s the kind of knowledge that only a handful of folks have.”

Curtis said some of the issues on the front burner for Douglas County include the Sustainable Growth Initiative and working to repair the county’s damaged relations with Carson City.

Curtis said that as things stand in Douglas County, the price of housing is going up and it is getting more difficult for working people to find a place to live.

“The courts stopped the implementation of that and suggested it would make a decision in the near future – I’m not so sure that’s too near,” Curtis said. “Whatever the decision is, it will be implemented by the county.”

As far as the county’s relationship with Carson City – which took a hit last year when Carson City sued Douglas County over the development of land in the northern end of the county – Curtis said he hopes it is on the mend.

“Neighbors don’t treat neighbors like that,” he said. “Hopefully in the future it will get better.”

When Curtis is not working for Douglas County, he is director of government relations of the Holder Hospitality Group, which owns Sharkey’s Casino in Gardnerville and other gaming properties in Nevada.

That job and spending more time with his wife and grandchildren will be priorities, but Curtis said he does not expect to abandon political work.

“I’ll still be active working on different issues here,” Curtis said. “And I have eight months to finish out my term. We’re going to have some fun.”

– Gregory Crofton can be reached at (530) 542-8045 or by e-mail at

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