No Schmidt

Gary Schmidt’s saga with the Washoe County Board of Equalization may have come to an end—with neither a whimper nor a scream.

Schmidt’s battles with the county were detailed in our May 12, 2005, feature story “Does Washoe County have a vendetta against this man?”

Schmidt served on the Board of Equalization, the duty of which is to oversee the fairness of the assessor’s tax levies on real estate. He caused some … disorder, by asking that the county’s lawyers be sworn in before testimony, that the Pledge of Allegiance be recited and that the board act in a legal manner—even when acting so might cost the county a bunch of money (such as with the Incline Village tax revolt).

On May 17, 2005, the Washoe County Board of Commissioners met to decide “Possible action, including but not limited to, censure, suspension, removal, or no action of Board of Equalization member Gary Schmidt for malfeasance [unlawful behavior] in office or neglect of duty pursuant to NRS 361.340(7).” Sure enough, Washoe County Commissioners, led by Bonnie Weber, censured Schmidt, over the objections of two commissioners. Sure enough, Schmidt sued the county over the censure and, in February 2007, he won in Judge Brent Adams’ courtroom.

Schmidt’s term expired June 30, 2007.

On Dec. 11, the Washoe Country Commissioners were to appoint two new members and an alternate. Schmidt sought reappointment. Those appointed would serve four-year terms. Despite his experience, Schmidt was not reappointed.

Applicants included Grant D. Anderson, Jr., Benjamin Ray Green, Dorothy Nash Holmes (who withdrew), Philip Horan, Gary R. Schmidt and Linda W. Woodland.

There were two vacancies and room for one alternate on the board: Grant Anderson and Ben Green were appointed, but because of a clerical error, the alternate will be appointed next month.

“There was no discussion,” said Schmidt. “Jim Galloway wouldn’t even look at me, and he’s not even running for re-election.”