Reno, Nevada

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Reno, Nevada
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General information
Mayor:Hillary Schieve
Mayor party:Nonpartisan
Last mayoral election:November 4, 2014
Next mayoral election:2018
Last city council election:November 4, 2014
Next city council election:2016
City council seats:7
2013-14 FY Budget:$359 million
City website
Composition data
Population in 2013:233,294
Gender:49.2% Female
Race:White 74.2%
African American 2.9%
Asian 6.3%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone 1.3%
Two or More 4.2%
Ethnicity:Hispanic or Latino 24.3%
Median household income:$47,814
High school graduation rate:85.5%
College graduation rate:28.2%
Related Reno offices
Nevada Congressional Delegation
Nevada State Legislature
Nevada state executive offices
Reno is a city in Washoe County, Nevada. As of 2013, its population was 233,294.[1]

City government

See also: Council-manager government

The city of Reno utilizes a council-manager system. In this form of municipal government, an elected city council, which includes the mayor and serves as the city's primary legislative body, appoints a chief executive called a city manager to oversee day-to-day municipal operations and implement the council's policy and legislative initiatives..[2]

City manager

The city manager is Reno's chief executive. Appointed by city council, city manager's responsibilities include overseeing the city's day-to-day operations, planning and implementing the city's operating budget, carrying out council policies and appointing departmental directors and other senior-level positions.[3]


The mayor is a member of city council. He or she presides over council meetings and official city ceremonies. The mayor also represents the city on the state, national and international levels. Hillary Schieve is the current Mayor of Reno.[4]

City council

The Reno City Council is the city's primary legislative body. It is responsible for approving and adopting the city budget, levying taxes and making or amending city laws, policies and ordinances.[4]

Council membership

The city council consists of seven members including the mayor. The mayor and one council member are elected at-large, while the other five members are elected by the city's five wards.[4]

A full list of city council members can be found here.

Advisory boards

A series of advisory boards and commissions that are made up of non-elected citizens, whom city council members have appointed and approved, advises the Reno City Council. The roles of these boards and commissions are to review, debate and comment upon city policies and legislation and to make recommendations to the city council.[5]

For a full list of Reno city boards and commissions, see here.



See also: Reno, Nevada municipal elections, 2014.

The city of Reno, Nevada held nonpartisan elections for mayor and city council on November 4, 2014. A primary election took place on June 10, 2014.

Two city council wards were up for election. These were Wards 2 and 4. All incumbents in Reno's 2014 election cycle were term-limited. Therefore, the office of mayor and both city council positions were open seats. Hillary Schieve was elected as mayor and Naomi Duerr and Paul McKenzie were elected to the city council.


Reno's adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2013-14 was $359 million.[6]

Contact Information

Reno City Council
PO Box 1900, Reno, NV 89505
Reno City Hall, 1 E. First Street
Phone: (775) 334-2002

To contact individual members of city council, see here.

Ballot measures

See also: Washoe County, Nevada ballot measures

Fort Worth is located in Washoe County. A list of ballot measures in Washoe County is available here.

Initiative process

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Nevada

Reno is a charter city. Its initiative and referendum process follows state law.


Main article: Nevada government sector lobbying

In 2013, Reno's federal lobbying related expenses amounted to approximately $80,000.[7] The issues for which the city filed in 2013, as well as the number of reports, can be seen in the box below. The issues column lists the generic issues that lobbyists working for local governments are required by law to disclose on quarterly federal disclosure forms.[8][9] The reports column gives the number of reports lobbyists filed in regards to each generic issue. To learn more about the details of the specific issues for which Reno filed reports, read the federal disclosure forms by clicking the "Issues" links in the box below.

Federal Lobbying Issues, 2013
Reports Issues
4 Urban Development

Website evaluation

Meetings P
Elected Officials
Administrative Officials P
Permits, zoning
Lobbying N
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Public Records P
Local Taxes

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Transparency grading process

See also: Evaluation of Nevada city websites

This website was most recently evaluated on November 2, 2012.

The good

  • Budget
    • Budgets are posted and archived for three years.[10]
  • Meetings
    • Current meeting information are available but do not appear to be archived for three years[11]
  • Elected Officials
    • City council members are listed with names, addresses, emails, and phone numbers.[12]
  • Administrative Officials
    • Administrative officials are listed on department pages, with some contact information provided.
    • City manager is listed with his name and email address[13]
  • Permits and zoning
    • Building permits are available,[14]
    • Zoning information is also available.[15]
  • Audits
    • Audits are posted and archived for three years.[16]
  • Contracts
    • Bid opportunities are posted.[17]
    • City keeps a checkbook, which includes annual pay to employees and vendors[18]
  • Public Records
    • Some public records information is available, such as general records contact information.[19]
  • Taxes
    • The tax rate and revenues are posted in the budget.

The bad

  • Meetings
    • Meetings are not archived for three years
    • Meeting schedule is not posted
    • Meeting agendas are not posted or archived for three years
  • Administrative officials
    • Full contact information (names, email address, phone number, physical address) are not available for the city manager and other department officials.
  • Lobbying
  • Records
    • Specific information on how to file a public records request is not available

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