Clark County Commission Chairwoman Marilyn Kirkpatrick, the only woman on the seven-member board, will remain at the helm for another year, and only another year, she says.
Kirkpatrick’s colleagues, including newly-sworn in members William McCurdy II and Ross Miller, voted unanimously Monday to retain Kirkpatrick as chairwoman.
“I look forward to someone else taking over the reins,” she said. “One year is enough for me.”
Kirkpatrick, who became immersed in the nuances of the county’s COVID response last year, says officials are plotting a calendar to vaccinate Southern Nevadans.
Currently, inoculations are available for staff of small medical offices, home health care workers, and those over 75 years of age, Kirkpatrick said. However, the state says so-called second tier recipients are not yet being served.
“Two-thirds of those who are offered it are taking it gladly,” Kirkpatrick said of the COVID-19 vaccine, which she says has been administered to some 13,500 Southern Nevadans.
McCurdy, who served two terms in the Nevada Assembly, paid tribute to former State Sen. Joe Neal, who died last week.
McCurdy noted that Neal’s daughter, former Assemblywoman Dina Neal, was elected last year to the Senate seat held by her father for three decades.
Miller, who won his seat by what he called the “smallest margin of victory in Nevada history, on a percentage basis,” faces a legal challenge from opponent Stavros Anthony, who is appealing a ruling from Judge Elizabeth Gonzelez, who rejected Anthony’s efforts to force a new election.
“On a percentage basis, nine-thousands of a percent separated me and my opponent,” Miller said.
Supreme Court Justice Abbi Silver, who administered the oath of office to Miller, noted the two were colleagues as prosecutors in the District Attorney’s office.
The newly-constituted commission voted unanimously to extend an emergency regulation aimed at pairing landlords with rental assistance.
Commissioner Justin Jones noted the regulation expired on Dec. 31 as the county was “hopeful the pandemic would be wrapping up. Obviously that hasn’t happened.”