Reno City Manager Resigns, Effective in July

(Reno, NV) — Reno City Manager Doug Thornley has offered his resignation from the City of Reno. Thornley assumed the role on October 12, 2020, will continue to serve as City Manager through the end of the fiscal year. 

Among the many accomplishments during Doug’s tenure, we have seen the historic renovation of our new police station, enhancing public safety and community trust. The completion of the Moana Springs Community Aquatics & Fitness Center stands as a testament to Doug’s commitment to providing our residents with top-notch recreational facilities for healthy living. 

Statement from Mayor Hillary Schieve-

It is with a very heavy heart that I address you today to announce the resignation of our respected City Manager, Doug Thornley. While we are saddened to bid farewell to a leader whose dedication and vision have propelled our City forward, we also celebrate his many accomplishments and wish him well on his new journey. 

Doug’s tenure as City Manager has been marked by remarkable achievements that have left an indelible mark on our community. Under his leadership, we have witnessed a transformation in our City’s culture, fostering transparency, efficiency, and inclusivity in all our endeavors. 

Furthermore, Doug’s strategic financial management has earned the city an A-plus bond rating and secured more grants than ever before in our history, enabling us to invest in critical infrastructure and essential services. 

Doug’s unwavering dedication to public safety has resulted in a record number of police officers patrolling our streets and a fire service that is at an all-time high, ensuring the safety and security of our residents. 

Moreover, Doug’s vision for affordable housing has led to innovative projects such as the Village on Sage and investments in the new CARES Campus, addressing the pressing need for housing options in our community. 

As Doug embarks on a new chapter in his life, pursuing opportunities in the legal field and spending more time with his family, I want to express my gratitude for his tireless service and dedication to the City of Reno. 

While Doug’s departure is indeed a loss, I have full confidence in the capable leadership of our City Council and dedicated staff to continue the progress we have made together. We will work closely to ensure a smooth transition and uphold our commitment to serving the best interests of our community. 

Please join me in thanking Doug Thornley for his outstanding service and in wishing him all the best in his future endeavors. 

Statement from Doug Thornley-

“It has been an honor and privilege to serve as the Reno City Manager. When I joined the team in 2020, the organization was experiencing instability due to leadership turnover and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. I made a commitment to rebuild organizational culture, improve internal structure to better serve the needs of our growing community, strengthen fiscal sustainability, improve services for our most vulnerable populations, and bolster public safety resources for Reno residents.  

I’m extremely proud to look back on how far we’ve come as a team to make Reno not just livable, but lovable. We’ve built a solid base here and our community is in good hands as the Council looks for a City Manager to continue the great work we’ve started.”