Nye County director of administrative services Lorina Dellinger has been appointed as assistant county manager.
At the request of County Manager Pam Webster, county commissioners unanimously appointed Dellinger at the Oct. 18 meeting. She replaced Joni Eastley, who had vacated the position Sept. 2.
Dellinger’s appointment became effective Oct. 19.
“Over the past several years, it’s really been obvious to me that it’s important for us to have management representation and presence in the northern part of the county, primarily Tonopah. It has worked very well to have that. It has been a good help to me to have that,” Webster told commissioners.
“In searching for a replacement, I did focus on that area,” Webster said. “I did want to ensure that we had someone familiar with processes, procedures and was very much entrenched in the manner in which we conduct business both there and here, and is a complement to not only starting projects but finishing them, taking everything to a proper end and completion and then, monitoring, after they are done and completed.”
Dellinger will oversee administration, health and human services and Tonopah museum departments.
“The biggest priority in the coming months will be preparing for the 2017 legislative session,” Dellinger said. “I will continue to work with the communities of Nye County, staff and commission members to meet goals and the direction they would like to see. I bring the expertise that complements the county manager’s strengths and will assist her in the day-to-day operations,” she said.
Her salary and benefits package will be $138,825 per year, up from $125,737 per year as director of administrative services.
Dellinger started working in Nye County as a secretary in April 2002. Most recently, she has worked as the director of administrative services since April 2016. Prior to that, she held the position of administrative manager for seven years and assistant to the county manager for three years.
Dellinger said she sees room for improvement in public outreach and communication.
“Communicating with the communities and ensuring the understanding of how services work and where they come from are important to me,” she said.
“I am ready to meet the challenges of moving the organization forward as we strive to make Nye County a better place to live, work and play,” she said.
It’s not yet clear who will replace Dellinger as director of administrative services. She said that along with the support of the administrative staff, she will perform duties of both positions while in transition.
“I am currently restructuring the department’s organization, Dellinger said. “The position will be filled as an administrative manager, an entry-level management position.”
Webster said the county has saved nearly $81,000 in the past few months through open positions and hiring staff at entry level slots for their positions.
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