Mayor, City Council and Administration

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Mayor, City Council and Administration 2017-09-20T19:19:13+00:00

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Mayor Di An Putnam was elected to her first term as Mayor of the City of Winnemucca in 2006. The Mayor is the official head of the City and is elected for a four (4) year term. The Mayor presides at all meetings of the Council and votes only in the case of a tie in ordinances, resolutions and other Council actions. The Mayor has veto power over the Council’s votes but can be overridden by a 4/5 Council vote.

The City Council is the governing body of the City of Winnemucca. There are five (5) Council Seats of which all officers serve four (4) year staggered terms. City Council Seats 1, 3 and 5 are up for election (in the 2016 general election) while Seats 2 and 4 are up for election along with the Mayoral seat (in the 2018 general election). Candidates run for office and are elected by the electors of the City at large. Three (3) members of the Council constitute a quorum and may conduct City business. Ordinances and Resolutions require three (3) affirmative votes to pass. For more information about the function of the City Council and Council meetings, click HERE.

  • Seat 1, Councilman Owens, service began in 2012, Seat open for election in 2020
  • Seat 2, Councilman Mavity, service began in 2014, Seat open for re-election in 2018
  • Seat 3, Councilman Mendiola, service began in 2016, Seat open for election in 2020
  • Seat 4, Councilman Billingsley, service began in 2010, Seat open for re-election in 2018
  • Seat 5, Councilman Brooks, service began in 2008, Seat open for re-election in 2020

City Manager Steve West has been on the job since November 1, 1982. The City Manager is the administrative head of the City government. The City Manager is appointed by the City Council for an indefinite term to supervise the administrative affairs of the City and to carry out policies set by the Council. Steve possesses a Professional Engineering license and also assumes the duties of the City Engineer. For more information from the City Manager’s office, please click HERE.

City Attorney Kent Maher has been advising the Council since October 1, 1989. The City Attorney provides all the civil and non-criminal legal services for the City. The City Attorney is appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the City Council. Kent is called upon to advise the Mayor, Council, City Manager, City department heads and offices on matters and procedures of the City that must be in conformity with the law. The City Attorney formulates Ordinances and Resolutions according to state and local laws. The District Attorney’s office, acting as the City Prosecutor, provides City criminal services.

Lorrie Haaglund, City Clerk and Jessie Lindsey, City Treasurer have been in these positions since May 2013. The City Clerk and City Treasurer are appointed by the Mayor with confirmation by the City Council. The City Clerk is responsible for maintaining all of the Council records and proceedings, and the City Treasurer is responsible for maintaining financial records, budgeting and audits for the City. For more information on the City Clerk / Treasurer’s office, please click HERE.

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