As Washoe County’s top executive, County Manager John Slaughter serves as liaison between the Board of County Commissioners, elected and appointed department directors, government and community agencies, businesses, employees, and county citizens. He also oversees the Office of the County Manager, which facilitates presentation of issues to the Board and ensures effective implementation of their direction. The Manager’s Office includes the Assistant County Managers, Administrative Hearing Office, Budget Division, Communications Division, Emergency Management, Government Affairs, Grants Administration, Internal Audit, and Special Projects.
John Slaughter began his career with Washoe County in 1986, was appointed as the Washoe County Manager in 2013. During his thirty-year career in county service, John has worked as a Land Use Planner, the county’s Strategic Planning Manager, and as the Director of Management Services. He also represented Washoe County at the Nevada Legislature from 2001-2013. In his time at Washoe County, John has implemented numerous streamlining and cost-effectiveness measures that has improved service delivery. Most recently, John launched an Employee Leadership Program that is redefining employee development, engagement, and recognition across the organization.
John holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology and Anthropology from Emporia State University, and a Master of Urban Planning degree from the University of Kansas. He has also received the Continuing Education Certificate in Public Management from the University of Nevada, Reno.