Office of the County Manager

Special Projects Manager
Dana Searcy

Dana Searcy is the Regional Homeless Services lead for Washoe County as well as the Special Projects and Strategic Plan Manager for Washoe County.  She began her career with the County in 2017. Prior to that Dana served our community in the non-profit sector for more than 10 years.

Dana’s education includes a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a secondary focus in Marketing from University of Nevada (UNR).  Dana is currently completing the Certified Public Manager (CPM) Program nationally accredited leadership development program for public managers and supervisors.

Dana is a native Nevadan and proud to live locally with her husband and family.

Special Projects

Special Projects provides leadership, strategic development, management and implementation of organization wide programs, services and initiatives on behalf of the County Manager.  Special Projects works in partnership with the community, elected officials and senior staff to develop solutions to emerging issues and county needs. Learn more of the various programs below.

Washoe County Strategic Plan

The strategic planning process was initiated in response to a shared desire among County leadership to institute a strategic management process where strategic priorities, organization alignment and performance metrics are part of core management practices. Additional outcomes of the planning process included linking the strategic plan to the budget to ensure resources are more closely aligned to priorities and an organizational conversation about values and culture is initiated. 

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Regional Plan To End Homelessness

Regional Plan To End Homelessness

Our community has a need for a regional approach to addressing homelessness – one that considers all needs, stakeholders and partners. One that will serve as a regional collaboration platform to help facilitate conversations and align efforts and strategies.

To compliment this effort, Washoe County joined Built For Zero in April 2020 with a team representing over 30 organizations. Built for Zero is movement of more than 80 communities working to measurably end homelessness. Cities and counties just like ours are changing how local housing systems work to ensure an end to homelessness that lasts and leaves no one behind.

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False Alarm Reduction Program

In unincorporated Washoe County many citizens have installed burglar alarm systems to help protect their property; however, more than 99% of alarms prove to be false. With the limited law enforcement resources available to our community, the Washoe County False Alarm Reduction Program encourages alarm companies and property owners to maintain and properly use alarm systems.  

Washoe County has partnered with the vendor, CryWolf False Alarm Solutions, to manage the alarm registrations and false alarm billing. 

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Administrative Hearing Office

The Administrative Hearing Office (AHO) is a program within Washoe County that facilitates hearings for various code violations also when a citizen does not voluntarily comply with code requirements within the county.

These hearings are requested by the Citizen within 30 days of received notice of civil penalty or by a department or complaining party. Examples of these cases include but are not limited to barking dogs, dangerous dogs,  non-compliance with Washoe County code concerning things like debris build up, dangerous conditions or structures etc.

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County Manager's Advisory Council

The County Manager’s Advisory Council is a forum for constructive discussion on the role and responsibilities of county government in our changing world; the CMAC shares knowledge, best practices and advice with the County Manager and county senior leadership on various strategic issues with the goal of enhancing organizational effectiveness. Learn More »
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