Commissioner Bob Lucey is Missing in Action (Opinion)


Steve Wolgast
Steve Wolgast

By Kristin Hemlein, sponsored by Steve Wolgast for County Commissioner District 2

Washoe County Commissioner for District 2, Bob Lucey has been in the news recently for his efforts toward passing the Washoe County Lands Bill and has spent time in Washington DC promoting this bill. He is involved with several Washoe and State governing groups and lists “public safety, water and regional parks & open space additional key issues.” The most important group for his constituents is the South Truckee Meadows/Washoe Valley Citizen Advisory Board (STMWV CAB).

During the February 15, 2105 STMWV CAB meeting Commissioner Lucey made the following statement, as excerpted from the meeting minutes: “We will make more of an effort to be in attendance at meetings and public appearance with constituents and be true stewards for the constituents. We are making it a priority to do that and take your comments to heart.”

After he took office in January 2015, he attended the first 4 monthly meetings, then attended only 3 more meetings through January 2017. He has not attended a STMWV CAB meeting since, missing the last 14 meetings. Commissioner Lucey missed several contentious CAB agenda items including those considering Ascente development on Steamboat Hills, cannabis dispensary locations, Truckee Meadows Fire Department and fire safely, school overcrowding, traffic and flooding.

Commissioner Lucey’s membership and attendance records for the following County and State governing groups are:

  • Nevada Association of Counties Board of Directors – 50% attendance
  • Truckee Meadows Water Authority – 67%
  • Truckee River Flood Management Authority – 37%
  • Washoe County Debt Management Commission – 73%
  • Washoe County School District Capital Funding Protection Committee – 40%
  • Washoe County School District Oversight Panel – 40%
  • Western Regional Water Commission – 65%
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Commissioner Lucey missed 29 meetings in 2017. So far this year, he has missed 18 out of 70 meetings for which attendance records are available.

Commissioner Lucey has missed local events as well that are important to his constituents. He did not attend the “ACTIONN Last Resort Tour” (August 29) put on for community leaders.

Nor, did he show support for the local volunteer firefighters by attending their pancake breakfast at the station in West Washoe (August 26).

He was not seen at the Townhall Meeting to discuss the design of the new Arrowcreek School (August 9).

He did not attend the neighborhood meeting regarding safety on Mount Rose Highway after a fatal collision (May 16).

He expressed concern that the Planning Commission and South Truckee Meadows/Washoe Valley Citizen Advisory Board (STMWV CAB) were not aligned with the Board of County Commissioners (July 24 Board of County Commissioners meeting) yet he does not attend these meetings.

He has not attended any Washoe County Planning Commission meetings in 2017/18.

Bob Lucey can’t faithfully serve District 2 if he does not represent his constituents at the regional meetings or attend local meetings to understand the concerns of his constituents.


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