Governor Sisolak names David Bobzien as Director of the Governor's Office of Energy

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    Gov. Sisolak has named Reno City Councilman David Bobzien as the new director of the Governor’s Office of Energy, on Tuesday, Jan. 15.

    “I am excited to name David Bobzien as the head of the Governor’s Office of Energy,” said Gov. Steve Sisolak. “David’s experience and leadership in the State Legislature and on the Reno City Council will serve the office and the state well. I am excited to work with him as we begin this new chapter in Nevada.”

    Bobzien has served as the At-Large Council Member on the Reno City Council since 2014.

    “This news is bittersweet for the City of Reno,” Mayor Hillary Schieve said. “The State of Nevada is adding a truly talented and well-respected individual to their team, but at the same time we are losing an incredible asset here at the City. David has a wealth of legislative and policy experience. We thank him for his years of service, and wish him well in his future endeavors.”

    Bobzien’s first day with the Governor’s Office of Energy will be Tuesday, Jan. 22, making his resignation with the City of Reno official at that time.

    According to the City of Reno, the council will discuss the At-Large vacancy and how to move forward at its regular meeting on Jan. 23 starting at 10 a.m.

    • Council will then vote at the January 23 meeting to either appoint someone to the seat or hold an election for the position.
    • Appointment would mean an open application for one-week. Council would then meet on Feb. 13 for public interviews with 3-5 candidates. They would vote at a special meeting on Feb. 19.
    • If council moves for a vote, it would trigger a new election run by the county registrar. Part of the decision would be to do a mail-in ballot or in-person.
    • Early estimates say it would cost the city about $175,000 for a mail-in vote or about $340,000 for a full election for this one seat.

    “I am honored and humbled by Governor Sisolak’s appointment to this key position,” Bobzien said. “I worked with some outstanding professionals at the City of Reno, and I am proud that I was able to serve the citizens of Reno as a City Council Member.”

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