Douglas County loses its Manager

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Updated: 3/05/2014 11:03 pm
MINDEN, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- Douglas County Manager Steve Mokrohisky resigned on Wednesday, and some County Commissioners say they are upset and disappointed over the decision. But the commissioners are not the only ones.

The community is also saddened by this turn of events, and the commissioners say they have never seen an outpouring like this. Many are asking what can be done to keep Mokrohisky, but they say his departure is inevitable and it will leave a huge void.

Douglas County Commissioner Greg Lynn says he is disappointed about Mokrohisky's departure. "You ask yourself what did we do wrong and I don't know that we did anything wrong, but what we're faced with now is Steve has left us with some fairly good-sized shoes to fill."

Mokrohisky has spent the past five years in Douglas county. First coming on board as an assistant, and then being promoted to County Manager in July 2011.

In that short period of time, he has endeared himself to the community and boasts a number of accomplishments. Such as a new $18 million Community Center, improving the County's bond rating, and transforming the County's airport to put it on sound footing with the FAA. He also is crediting with implementing priority-based budgeting.

Commissioner Lynn says the budgeting is a huge accomplishment on its own. "Rather than have to pick and choose who gets a piece of the pie, the process defines that for us."

Commissioner Nancy McDermid says the commission was just starting the new budget process and the compensation of the County Manager was being addressed. "We would have been every bit as competitive as Lane County as we want certainly into this budget cycle."

Lane County, Oregon is where Mokrohisky is heading. He says the decision was hard to leave, but salary was not the deciding factor. "I got into public service in local government 15 years ago, because I thought I could have a positive impact on helping communities become better than they were."

The commission says Mokrohisky did just that for Douglas county, and Lynn is philisophical about what happens next. "I'm reminded of a little quote that the graveyards are full of indispensable men."

Mokrohisky's last day is April 11. Commissioners have not established a process for what happens next, but it could include a nationwide search for a replacement.
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