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Douglas County manager may be out by Jan. 29

Kurt Hildebrand
khildebrand@recordcourier.com
James Nichols

GENOA, Nev. — Douglas County manager Jim Nichols will leave his post Jan. 29, if commissioners approve an agreement, officials said Wednesday, Jan. 13.

County commissioners and Nichols are expected to consider a mutual separation agreement at their Jan. 21 meeting in Stateline.

The Record Courier broke the news that Nichols was leaving on Tuesday night, Jan. 12.

“We appreciate Jim’s service and commitment to Douglas County for the past year,” said Commission Chairman Doug Johnson. “We are working with Mr. Nichols to develop an agreement that is fair to both parties.”

A transition plan for an Interim County Manager will also be discussed at commissioners’ Jan. 21 meeting.

“I appreciate the opportunity afforded to me by the Board of County Commissioners,” Nichols said. “I have enjoyed my time in Douglas County and the great people who make up this community. I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the incredible work of the County staff who have helped make the past year such a memorable one.”

Details of the transition still have to be worked out after Nichols made an announcement to Douglas County commissioners at a Dec. 29 workshop held at the Topaz Lodge.

“I still question the value of my leadership in this organization relative to the board make-up that we have right now,” he told commissioners at the time.

Nichols’ statement has prompted a buzz among county employees.

During his Nov. 4 evaluation earlier last year, Nichols said he felt he’d routinely not met expectations from the county commission as a whole.

“This has been the most challenging period of my entire career,” Nichols said. “I may have met expectations of individual board members, but I haven’t met the five sets of divergent expectations on a day-to-day basis.”

At the end of the evaluation, Johnson expressed concern that Nichols might be leaving.

Two teambuilding workshops were held at Topaz Lake.

County commissioners hired Nichols in August 2014. He had previously been assistant city manager in Midland, Texas, and a deputy city manager in Las Vegas. Nichols’ salary was set at $172,000 by county commissioners.

Nichols refused a raise at his evaluation meeting, saying he didn’t want to give his detractors more ammunition.

He officially started Sept. 29, 2014, taking the reins from interim County Manager Larry Werner.

Werner took over from Steve Mokrohisky.


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