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Bobzien appointed Director of the Governor’s Office of Energy

Post Date:01/15/2019 10:24 AM
David Bobzien, who has served as the At-Large Reno City Council Member since December 3, 2014, has accepted a position as the new Director of the Governor’s Office of Energy.

“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.”

“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.”

“Councilmember Bobzien has been a steadfast public servant who has dedicated much of his professional career to the betterment of the State of Nevada and, most recently, to the betterment of the City of Reno,” Reno City Manager Sabra Newby said. “He has particularly been a champion of the City’s involvement in sustainability efforts, parks and open space and historical resources. While the City of Reno will certainly miss him, I am excited that he will continue his distinguished public service career in clean energy efforts on a statewide basis.”

“I am excited to name David Bobzien as the head of the Governor’s Office of Energy,” said Gov. Steve Sisolak in a press release sent by the Office of the Governor. “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.”

During his tenure at the City of Reno, Bobzien was known as an advocate for clean energy and sustainability, which included working with regional partners on preservation and protection of the Truckee River. For his efforts, he was appointed to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Local Government Advisory Committee and earned the U.S. Green Building Council of Nevada’s ‘Individual Advocacy’ Award. He was also active in the areas of arts and culture, historical resources, homelessness and regional planning.

Prior to his tenure on the Reno City Council, Bobzien served as a Nevada Assemblyman, District 24, from November 2006 to December 2014. Bobzien was born in Washington, D.C. and holds a B.A. in Government and Politics from George Mason University and a Masters of Public Administration with an emphasis in Natural Resources and Public Lands Policy from Boise State University.

Bobzien’s first day with the Governor’s Office of Energy will be Tuesday, January 22, 2019, making his resignation with the City of Reno official at that time.

The Reno City Council will discuss the At-Large vacancy and how to move forward at its regular meeting on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 starting at 10 a.m.
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