Krolicki ready to step into new job
Amidst the museum-like environment of the Nevada State Capitol Building, one of Douglas County’s own will soon be going about the business of his elected office.
Lake Tahoe resident Brian Krolicki won the office of Nevada state treasurer on Nov. 3. Krolicki has served under current and departing Treasurer Robert L. Seale for the last eight years as chief deputy treasurer. Seale chose not to seek re-election after two terms, a decision Krolicki won’t be able to make as a two-term limit was recently enacted in Nevada.
Krolicki said he is honored the people of Nevada chose him as treasurer and is excited to begin at his state post next year.
One of the concepts Krolicki said he finds most satisfying is that of a candidate from a rural area getting elected in a state with metropolitan areas such as Las Vegas.
“Clark County has an overwhelming effect on politics in the state,” Krolicki said Friday from the former State Supreme Court Chambers in the Capitol Building. “The school of thought was you need to live in Clark to attain an elected (state) office. I’m glad I demonstrated that’s not the case.”
Krolicki, who originally hails from Missouri, has lived in the Kingsbury area for nearly 15 years. He said he came west to attend college at Stanford University in Palo Alto and fell in love with the Sierra Nevada.
“Every weekend we’d put our books in the car and go study in Lake Tahoe,” he said. “But it always seemed like we did more skiing than studying.”
After college, Krolicki took a job with Smith Barney, first working in the firm’s San Francisco office then with Smith Barney in the Persian Gulf area of the Middle East.
Krolicki said he loved living abroad, being a single man traveling around and making a living. But he always had kept Nevada as his home.
He eventually came to the Silver State and fell into the company of former governor and senator Paul Lexalt, whom Krolicki said was a mentor to him.
Lexalt introduced him to Seale who brought him onto his staff in the treasurer’s office.
Elected office has come quickly to Krolicki, who is 37. He couldn’t say with any certainty that he was the youngest State Treasurer, but did say he was nearly certain he was the first “chief deputy anything” at the state level to go on to become a state officer.
Krolicki now lives in Chimney Rock with his wife, Kelly, who is active in local politics, and his baby daughter, Kate.
As treasurer, he will earn $80,000 annually, only $6,000 more than he was making as chief deputy but almost $20,000 more than Seale makes today. He said, due to the way the Nevada Legislature doles out raises, he will probably won’t be the most highly paid person in the treasurer’s office in four years, but, Krolicki said he’s not in it for the money.
“If I was, I’d still be in Wall Street,” he said. “It’s about fulfillment and professional satisfaction and letting the family grow up in a special place.”
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