Ask Joe: Does WCSD Superintendent Traci Davis live in Northern Nevada full-time?
From the Ask Joe file, a question tonight about Washoe County School Superintendent Traci Davis.
It's a question that's come up in the past, but one of our viewers, Cheryl Zotter, wrote in recently asking whether Traci Davis commutes from Las Vegas to Reno for her job as school superintendent.
Here's what I found out:
I addressed this back in December when a viewer asked about it then. At that time, the school district told me that Davis was trying to sell her home in Las Vegas. It had been on the market for about a year at that time.
School district spokesperson Victoria Campbell told me back then that Davis does not commute from Vegas, but when she travels there to see family she pays for that out of her own pocket.
The district says the only time the school school district would pay is if the trip was for official district related business.
Okay, fast forward. The question has come up again, and this time the school district said it's no one's business whether Davis is commuting from Las Vegas or how much time she spends in the southern part of the state.
When I brought up our viewer's question, Campbell told me this week, "Your question concerns personal information about Traci." Campbell also said it really doesn't pertain to her position as a public information officer, and she said it's not something she would be comfortable asking or anything she would share about any of the district's employees.
That was the statement I received on Monday. So I'm not sure what changed from last December, when the district did provide an answer to this question.
But on Tuesday afternoon, shortly before our story was set to air, we did hear back from the school district spokesperson who wanted to clarify that Traci Davis lives in Sparks. That is all they are comfortable saying. The district told us if we want to know if Davis still owns a home in Las Vegas we should check the housing records to find out.
Again, that was not our question. Our question was and is, Does Traci Davis live in Northern Nevada full time, and how much time does she spend in Las Vegas? The Washoe County School District considers that a personal issue for Davis and not one the media or the public is entitled to know the answer to.
It is worth pointing out, in light of this story, that when the city of Reno recently hired a new city manager who lived and worked in Las Vegas, whether she would be commuting to Reno and for how long was definitely part of the public discussion when she was hired. The city council clearly wanted to know what the answer would be.
The Washoe County School District is only comfortable saying that Traci Davis lives in Sparks.