Oct. 18, 2022 - A longtime public servant who played an integral role in helping Clark County navigate through unprecedented human services needs as well as the region’s challenging housing environment was unanimously chosen today to lead the nation’s 11th largest county as its new chief executive officer.
The Clark County Commission appointed Kevin Schiller as the new County Manager, effective Nov. 11, when Yolanda King retires from the position after nearly six years and 33 total years of working for the organization.
Schiller, who has served in the role of deputy County Manager over human services since July 2017, praised his predecessor and vowed to bring continued stability to the organization, which has more than 10,000 employees across 38 diverse departments and a budget of $9.4 billion. It provides regional services to 2.3 million residents and 45 million annual visitors and municipal services to 1 million people living in unincorporated Clark County. If the County were a city, it would be the largest in the state by far.
“I am excited and humbled to lead Clark County on behalf of our employees and our residents, and to carry on and amplify the path Yolanda has charted for the County. I was recruited to Clark County by Yolanda to reimagine human services and to better serve our most vulnerable constituents, and I am eager to carry this forward-thinking change across our organization. As I take the helm, I do so in partnership with a results-driven Board of County Commissioners, a senior management team with expertise and skill, and thousands of employees who answer the call to serve each day. As County Manager, I will champion our public service through a renewed engagement with our employees to drive retention and recruitment, strengthen the County’s voice in our community, and advocate for and create solutions to help ensure our region continues to be a wonderful place to live,” Schiller said. The County Manager is charged with carrying out the policies established by the seven-member County Commission.
“Ms. Yolanda King has a legacy in our community that will not be easily matched, of that I am certain. Yolanda has been our guiding light for quite some time and has deftly helped us to stay afloat in the face of significant challenge while also pushing to bring Clark County to new heights. By appointing Kevin Schiller as our new County Manager, we are recognizing his creativity when confronted with challenge or moments in need of change and how pivotal his human services leadership has been. Kevin brings to the role of County Manager not only a deep commitment to those we serve, but also an ability to think differently about how we approach the issues that confront us. I trust that Kevin will be a leader who knows who he represents while taking our organization to the next level and fostering collaboration across our organization and our community. As a Board, we look forward to supporting Kevin in his new role as we work to ensure a bright future for our county,” Commission Chairman Jim Gibson said.
Schiller has been with Clark County since July 2017, serving in the role of Deputy County Manager, responsible for the departments of Family Services, Social Service and the Public Defender. Before that, Schiller served as Assistant County Manager for Reno's Washoe County from January 2014 through 2017. Previously, he served as the Director of Washoe County's Department of Social Services, which he was with for more than 17 years, leading integration of human services and creating innovative programming to serve vulnerable children, adults and families. Schiller represented Washoe County in lobbying at the Nevada Legislature and in employee negotiations. He began his career as a social worker and juvenile probation officer for the State of Wyoming. Schiller holds a bachelor's degree in social work from the University of Nevada, Reno.
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.