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City of Reno announces new hires to leadership team

Post Date:12/21/2017 2:06 PM

The City of Reno has announced the following new hires:

  • Deborah Lauchner as the new Director of Finance and Administration, starting January 29, 2018
  • Mandee Bowler as the Director of Human Resources, transitioning from acting capacity on January 5, 2018
  • Jennifer Lances as the new Chief of Staff in the City Manager’s Office, starting January 16, 2018

Deborah Lauchner

Lauchner comes to the City of Reno with more than 20 years of experience in local government finance. She is most recently from the City of Santa Rosa in California, where she was the Chief Financial Officer. In that role, she oversaw the City’s $385 million budget and directed all financial systems, functions and policies for more than 1,200 employees. At the City of Santa Rosa, she led the financing of the reunification of Courthouse Square, which saved the City's General Fund $65,000 in annual debt service. Among other accomplishments, Lauchner also refinanced $53.6 million in subregional sewer refunding bonds, saving ratepayers $16.5 million.

“Deborah’s finance experience is deep and vast, and she will be a welcome addition to our team,” Reno City Manager Sabra Newby said. “The Santa Rosa organization is similar in size to Reno, and we feel that she will make a smooth transition and help further our important priority of maintaining a strong financial condition.”

Lauchner holds a B.S. in Agricultural and Managerial Economics from the University of California, Davis. Prior to her tenure at the City of Santa Rosa, she worked in finance for a number of other California municipalities, including her roles as Finance Director at the City of Vallejo and Finance Manager at the City of Novato.

Mandee Bowler

Bowler had been serving as Acting Director of Human Resources since July 2017. She has been employed at the City of Reno since July 2015. Bowler has been working on several policies and procedures process improvements.

"In her time as Acting Director, I have been impressed with Mandee's dedication to the City and her commitment to improving service provision in Human Resources," Newby said. "Some of the improvements Mandee has been working on in the last couple of months include overhauling the new employee orientation program and providing employees with a more robust training program."

Bowler holds a Master of Science from Capella University in Minnesota and a B.A. from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her work experience includes stints at the City of Las Vegas as an Insurance Services Specialist, Human Resources Technician and Office Assistant II.

Jennifer Lances

Lances comes to the City of Reno from the City of Las Vegas, where she most recently served as Deputy Administrative Services Director. In that role, she assisted in the coordination, management and drafting of the citywide policies and procedures program. Her work experience has touched multiple areas such as budget, special events, emergency management and legislative affairs.

“After seven months at the City of Reno, I’ve had the chance to thoroughly evaluate the organization’s needs,” Newby said. “That process included an open recruitment and interview process for an Assistant City Manager. Instead of continuing in that direction, I’ve decided that the Chief of Staff position is a better fit at this time. I welcome Jennifer to help streamline our programs and processes and assist our staff and me to meet the City Council’s goals and objectives.”

Lances holds an M.P.A. from the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, State University of New York at Albany, as well as a B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany. Prior to her tenure at the City of Las Vegas, Lances held a number of positions at Clark County, including Assistant Director of Administrative Services and Principal Management Analyst.

These are the final three appointments to Newby’s leadership team, a top priority for her since she started at the City of Reno in May 2017.

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