Improving the efficiency of Carson City government

This opinion column was submitted by Jim Wells, candidate for Ward 3 on the Carson City Board of Supervisors. His campaign website is

My name is Jim Wells and I’m running for the Carson City Board of Supervisors to represent Ward 3.

I moved to Carson City in 1972. I attended Carson City Public Schools and was valedictorian at Carson High School. After high school, I earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Accounting before going to work for an accounting firm in Reno and earning my CPA license.

I began my career in public service in 1992 and have held various positions within the State of Nevada including Chief Assistant State Comptroller, Assistant Superintendent of Administrative and Tax Services for the Department of Education, Chief Financial Officer and General Manager of Public Employee Benefits. program, and finally director of the state budget and director of the governor’s office of finance, a position from which I retired in 2018.

My background in public management and finance gives me unique insight into how government works, and I will bring that experience and perspective to the oversight board to analyze data, ask critical questions, and make sound decisions that benefit our community. .

Carson City has changed a lot since I moved here almost 50 years ago. There is a lot of new construction going on all over the city. A priority for me will be to review and, where necessary, update the master plan and zoning ordinances so that residents can have a say in what they want their community to look like as it evolves. grows and matures.

Another key issue for me is the implementation of a comprehensive asset management program to ensure the City has sufficient resources to maintain the assets it owns, including roads, water infrastructure and sewers, parks and recreational trails and facilities, and buildings and equipment.

Public safety is also an important issue for me, since it is a primary responsibility of the government. Addressing the resources needed to ensure that our police and fire departments can maintain adequate service levels and response times is essential. However, protecting public safety also means looking after the City’s information technology and personal data infrastructure to ensure it is safe from cyberattacks.

I also believe the city needs to maintain a simple, fair, and stable business regulatory environment that will attract new businesses to Carson City while retaining the ones we already have.

Finally, I would like the City to promote and disseminate easy-to-understand information about its operations, and especially about how it generates and spends money. People and businesses work hard for the money they pay in taxes, and government has a responsibility to spend those resources wisely for the benefit of the community as a whole.

Every day I went to work, I asked, “What are we doing today that is no longer needed, and how could we reallocate those resources to do something that we should be but aren’t?”

These are the types of important questions governments must consider when seeking to allocate limited resources, and the types of questions I will ask if elected.

For more information about me, please visit my website

Again, my name is Jim Wells and I hope to win your vote to represent Ward 3 on the Carson City Board of Supervisors.

Jim Wells is running for Ward 3 on the Carson City Board of Supervisors. His campaign website is

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