Marilyn Kirkpatrick was named today by her fellow Clark County commissioners as their chairman, and Lawrence Weekly was named vice chairman.
"I'm excited about what lies ahead for Greater Las Vegas and Clark County," said Commission Chairman Marilyn Kirkpatrick. "I see a lot of opportunities ahead as we continue to address our community's challenges and work hard to improve our overall quality of life." Those challenges include effectively managing growth, revitalizing our older neighborhoods, fighting homelessness, improving access to health care and boosting economic development and opportunity for everyone, Kirkpatrick said.
"I'm very honored and appreciative of my colleagues and the vote of confidence," said Weekly.
The seven members of the Commission govern the County and are elected from geographic districts on a partisan basis for staggered four-year terms. The Commission in turn hires a county manager, Yolanda King, who is responsible for the administrative operations for the County.
With jurisdiction over the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the nation's 14th-largest county and provides extensive regional services to 2.25 million residents and 45.5 million visitors a year. Included are the nation's 8th-busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the state's largest public hospital, UMC. The County also provides municipal services – such as fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development – that are traditionally provided by cities to 1 million residents in the unincorporated area. If the unincorporated area of the County were a city, it would be the largest in the state, surpassing Nevada's largest city of Las Vegas by 50 percent.