Board of Equalization
The Washoe County Board of Equalization is comprised of five members appointed by the Washoe County Commission (NRS 361.340). This Board is charged with hearing appeals filed by property owners who do not agree with the value placed on their property for tax purposes by the County Assessor (NAC 361.624). The County Board hearings are held from late-January through February of each year.
Mr. Covert holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from California State College at Long Beach and an MBA from Pepperdine University. He served in the U.S. Army from 1967 to 1969. He is a member of the Institute of Management Accountants and holds a Certified Management Accountant certificate. He spent most of his career in the Aerospace and Automotive industries and was on the management team that started Porsche Cars North America here in Reno. He recently retired from the University of Phoenix.
Mr. Covert has served as a board member and Vice Chairman of the South Truckee Meadows General Improvement District and member and Chairman of the Washoe County Organizational Effectiveness Committee. He was appointed to the Washoe County Board of Equalization in 2007 and currently serves as its Chairman.
John is the Broker/Owner of Alpine Realty International, a residential, commercial real estate, property management firm located in beautiful Incline Village, NV.
John has been in the real estate industry for over 21 years.
He was appointed to the Washoe County Board of Equalization in 2005 and currently serves as its Vice Chairman.
John and his wife, Gail, reside in Incline Village, Nevada with their two daughters, Alexis and Tiffany.
I graduated from St. Elizabeth's High School in Oakland, CA. After graduation I signed with the San Francisco Giants and played for three years in their minor league baseball system. Subsequently I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Anthropology from the University of California at Berkley.
I had a long career as an elected Union Labor Representative in the Bay Area. My main responsibilities were to represent members in grievance hearings, arbitrations, and contract negotiations.
Upon retiring in 2004 I moved to Reno and was elected as a board member of the Rancho San Rafael Home Owners Association on which I currently serve. I was appointed to the Washoe County Board of Equalization in 2008.
I moved to Reno in 1969 and was a member of the first graduating class of Hug High School in 1970. I attended UNR, was married to my wife, Kathy, in 1973, and began raising children shortly thereafter. Both children (Kiffany and Zakary) graduated from McQueen High School and together have supplied us with six grandchildren.
I entered the real estate business in 1979 and was a Realtor until 1991, when I entered the mortgage business. At one time, I was the only member of the local Top Producer's Clubs of both the Reno/Sparks Board of Realtors and the Northern Nevada Mortgage Bankers Association. From 2001 until retiring in 2011, I owned and operated a branch of American Pacific Mortgage (dba American Mortgage Brokers).