Profile: Vaughn Hartung

Vaughn Hartung
Phone: 775.328.2005

Washoe County Commissioner Vaughn Hartung was elected in 2012 to represent District 4, which includes Sparks, Spanish Springs, and Wadsworth.

Commissioner Hartung has lived in Washoe County for nearly 35 years. He has been married to his wife, Sandra, for nearly 31 years.  They have a have a son, Vaughn and a daughter, Aleah.  Together they have raised their family in northern Nevada and have resided in Spanish Springs for 28 years. For more than 30 years, Hartung has been a small-business owner and was a partner in a successful photography studio for 25 of those years. He is a former adjunct faculty member for the University of Nevada, Reno and Truckee Meadows Community College, where he taught all phases of photography for two decades. He continues his work in commercial photography, and also promotes entomology education and manages several family-owned real estate properties. Throughout the early 90’s, Hartung was active as a community member in the development of Spanish Springs and was appointed to the Spanish Springs Citizens Advisory Board in 1996. He served the Board as secretary, vice chair and as chair for three terms. His goal was to provide citizens with a voice about the future of Spanish Springs. Since then, he has helped guide careful development in Sparks and Spanish Springs on numerous issues, including schools, housing developments, business parks, flood control facilities, sewer services, utility corridors, green energy, parks, transportation, master and area plans and annexation.

Hartung also served on the Washoe County Planning Commission, Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Commission, RTC Regional Road Impact Fee Technical Advisory Committee and RTC Pyramid Highway Stakeholder Working Group. Additionally, he is a former member of the Washoe County Design Review Committee. His many years in citizen planning have earned him the reputation for being fair, objective and unbiased in his decisions. Hartung is an innovator who brings a fresh perspective to the issues faced by the Washoe County Commission.

As a steward of the County’s resources, Hartung is committed to a shared regional vision of growth and development for Sparks, Reno, Washoe County and neighboring communities. In line with the needs of District 4, Hartung is dedicated to making Washoe County a premier place to live, work and play. In addition, his many years of experience as a small-business owner emphasize his approach to small and medium size business development as essential components, which will help Northern Nevada’s regional growth and provide expanded job opportunities.

Current Boards

  • Investment Committee
  • Nevada Association of Counties
  • Nevada Commission for the Reconstruction of the V&T Railway
  • Nevada Land Transfer Task Force
  • Regional Planning Governing Board
  • Regional Transportation Commission
  • Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority
  • Senior Services Advisory Board Liaison
  • Truckee Meadows Water Authority Board
  • Truckee River Flood Management Authority
  • Washoe County Stadium Authority
  • Western Regional Water Commission