Commissioner Vaughn Hartung

Commissioner Vaughn Hartung
Phone: 775.328.2007

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 37 years. He has been married to his wife, Sandra, for nearly 33 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 over 30 years. For over 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. His many years in citizen planning have earned him the reputation for being fair, objective and unbiased in his decisions.

Commissioner Hartung is focused on enhancing the community safety through the investment of critical infrastructure for current and future needs of Washoe County residents. The Commissioner’s goal of enhancing community safety is focused on addressing critical infrastructure needs, and investing in targeted infrastructure projects with an eye towards the future needs of the community. 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 Board Appointments

  • Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Governing Board
  • Truckee Meadows Water Authority Board
  • Truckee River Flood Management Authority
  • Western Regional Water Commission
  • Washoe County Investment Committee
  • Washoe County Stadium Authority (Alternate)
  • Washoe County Senior Services Advisory Board (Liaison-Alternate)

Commissioner Hartung is also focused on infrastructure needs in our community as the Commission Strategic Goal Lead for a countywide team focused on "enhancing community safety through investing in critical infrastructure for current and future needs."