Steve Sisolak was chosen by his colleagues on the Clark County Commission to again be the board's chairman, his third two-year term serving in that role. Chris Giunchigliani was elected vice chair.
"I'm honored and humbled to be recognized by my peers and I'll do my best to represent the interests of Clark County and its residents," Chairman Sisolak said.
The Commission also named members to a number of other important boards. Lawrence Weekly and Larry Brown were named to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority board. Brown and Sisolak were named to the Metropolitan Police Committee on Fiscal Affairs. Giunchigliani, Marilyn Kirkpatrick and Weekly were named to the Southern Nevada District Board of Health. Mary Beth Scow, Sisolak and Kirkpatrick were named to the Southern Nevada Water Authority Board of Directors. And Brager and Giunchigliani were named to the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance board.
The Clark County Commission also sits as the board of directors for a number of important agencies and the board today named chairpersons and vice-chairpersons for those bodies. These include University Medical Center, where Weekly will remain as chairman and Susan Brager will serve as vice chair; Clark County Water Reclamation District, where Brown will remain as chairman and Sisolak will serve as vice chairman; Las Vegas Valley Water District, where Scow will serve as president and Sisolak will serve as vice president; Liquor and Gaming Licensing Board, where Weekly will continue as chairman and Giunchigliani will serve as vice chair.
The appointments followed the swearing-in by Judge Lloyd George of four commissioners who won election in November. They included Sisolak, Brown, Weekly and Kirkpatrick.
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 2.1 million citizens and 45 million visitors a year (42 million in Las Vegas). Included are the nation's 9th-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 954,000 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.