August 31, 2022 - Clark County Manager Yolanda King today announced her retirement after 33 years of service to Clark County. Serving as County Manager since 2016, Ms. King operates as the CEO of the county, overseeing more than 10,000 employees in 38 departments and a budget of $9.4 billion in FY22. Clark County provides regional services to more than 2.3 million residents and 45 million visitors annually and municipal-like services to more than 1 million residents in unincorporated Clark County. Ms. King will retire on November 10, 2022.
Ms. King began her career at Clark County in 1986 as a part-time employee collecting tolls at McCarran International Airport (now Harry Reid International Airport).
“Guided by her commitment to Clark County’s values and a profound respect for those we serve, Ms. King has redefined public service not just for our county, but also for the meaning of the word itself. Yolanda has been steadfast in leading the over 10,000 employees in our organization through unprecedented times while ensuring Clark County was a beacon for millions of our residents during their most pressing time of need,” said Chair of the Clark County Commission Jim Gibson. “Yolanda has been an exceptional leader and has set Clark County on a bright and strong path into the future. I speak for all when I say her leadership and personal commitment to our organization, our employees, and the people of Clark County will be missed.”
“It has truly been an honor to serve as County Manager and leading the organization that I have called my professional home for 33 years has been one of the privileges of my life,” said Clark County Manager Yolanda King. “I am proud of what we have been able to accomplish, especially through the challenges of the pandemic when so much was unknown and so many were suddenly in need of a kind of help that we have not seen before in our community. Clark County has taken me on an incredible journey, and I have dedicated most of my life to its service. I am confident that the county is moving in the right direction with a bright future ahead. To the employees of Clark County, you are this region’s most vital asset and to the people of Clark County, thank you for allowing me to be of service to you.”
As County Manager, Ms. King led Clark County’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In doing so, Ms. King’s top priority was keeping Clark County’s employees safe while also providing vital services and support to residents, organizations, and community partners across the region. During this crucial time, the financial stability of the county was critical. With quick adaptability, Ms. King led in the creation of programs in a matter of weeks to provide services such as rental support and other social service and family service needs quickly and efficiently.
Ms. King helped the county navigate through the tragic events of 1 October both in the immediate aftermath of the shooting as well as future needs to support resiliency. Ms. King is responsible for the creation of the Broadband Master Plan for the region to provide connectivity and digital literacy to the underserved, has provided unprecedented support to address homelessness in the region, and has helped to usher in historic funding for the creation of affordable housing for families, seniors, and working residents in Clark County. Additionally, Ms. King has set the county down the path of becoming a top place to work and has initiated an employee engagement campaign that will cultivate a new generation of public servants.
About Clark County: Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing top-quality service with integrity, respect and accountability. With jurisdiction over the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the nation’s 11th-largest county and provides extensive regional services to 2.3 million citizens and 45.6 million visitors a year (2019). Included are the nation’s 8th-busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the state’s largest public hospital, University Medical Center. The County also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to 1 million residents in the unincorporated area. Those include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.