Serving county for 30 years |

Serving county for 30 years

Tahoe Daily Tribune Staff Reports

Dan Thrift/Tahoe Daily Tribune Douglas County Commission Vice-Chairman Bernie Curtis, foreground, reads a proclimation about Barbara Reed who has served the county for 30 years as clerk-treasurer at Thursdays meeting at the Douglas County Administration Building.

By Gregory Crofton

Tribune staff writer

STATELINE – In the 30 years that Barbara Reed has worked for Douglas County, she’s seen its population explode, but never for a minute has she thought there was too much work to handle.

“I love my job,” said Reed, who has served as the county clerk-treasurer since 1986. “I don’t know where the 30 years went. There have been so many changes. Sometimes I think about it and it’s just overwhelming.”

The Douglas County Board of Commissioners took time when it met Thursday at Stateline to recognize Reed for her lengthy tenure. Reed, 56, is eligible for retirement but has no plans to quit any time soon.

While she has worked for the county, the number of commissioners has increased from three to five; the number of registered voters has gone up from 5,000 to 20,000; and the number of tax bills that get sent out has risen from 5,600 to about 23,000.

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Reed has been elected as clerk-treasurer five times to her position. She manages 28 employees and four offices. Commissioner Bernie Curtis read a proclamation for Reed at the start of the meeting. It stated, in part: “Barbara was instrumental in changing state law to allow marriage licenses to be sold at Lake Tahoe, not just in the county seat in Minden, for the past 20 years.”

Commissioners also noted that Reed is the most senior clerk-treasurer in the state. Commissioner Curtis ended the short ceremony by saying: “You started when you we’re 12, right?”

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