By Mark Waite
Dave Richards, the former Pahrump town manager, has moved back to Alaska to take a position as city manager of Fort Yukon, a tiny community more than 100 miles northeast of Fairbanks.
Richards was Pahrump town manager from January 2004 to February 2008 and left to become manager of Hoonah, Alaska, a community of 900 people just outside Juneau in southeastern Alaska.
Richards left Hoonah in 2011 and came back to southern Nevada to live in Las Vegas. For the past year, he was seen at numerous political events in Pahrump and admitted he was looking for a job locally.
Richards was appointed to the Pahrump Regional Planning Commission June 5 but was gone by this Wednesday’s meeting in which the board rejected a request for a conditional use permit by exotic animal owner Karl Mitchell.
“I’m sorry I missed that meeting. I probably got more emails on that than any other issue I had in 26 years,” Richards said by phone Thursday from Alaska.
Richards was actively involved in the discussion on the Symphony Animal Foundation request at the July 11 RPC meeting.
When it comes to his very brief term of office on the RPC, Richards said, “I’m kind of disappointed in that, quite frankly, but that’s the way it works. I couldn’t get things going in Nye County, but I’m still holding out hope.”
Richards said his two-year stint in Hoonah was in coastal Alaska; his new job in the interior will be quite different.
The RPC has been plagued lately by high turnover. Richards replaced Walt Grudzinski who was appointed Dec. 22 but resigned to run for the Nevada District 36 assembly seat in May.
Jennifer McCall was appointed in April to replace Marvin Minnick.