The Reno City Council filled the vacant at-large council seat making history as Devon Reese, a local attorney and member of the GLBTQ community, was unanimously the choice of the five seated council members and Mayor on Friday, February 15.
The council opted to appoint someone to fill the seat vacated by David Bobzien, who resigned to take a state job in late January. The council decided not to spend approximately $200,000 on a special election. The council received 144 applications for the single vacancy and narrowed down to four finalists.
Devon Reese, along with Nathan Dupree a pastor at Living Stones Church; Britton Griffith, vice chair of the Reno Planning Commission; and Krystal Minera, a local deli owner where at a Meet and Greet on Thursday evening before appearing before the council to talk about themselves and answer questions from the Mayor and Council.
“I am so humbled and privileged to be here in this moment with all of you,” Reese said in an interview after he was seated and made his first motion — to adjourn the five-and-a-half hour meeting. “I would certainly like to see people find more opportunity for consensus and commonality,” Reese said last week. “I think what divides us is far less than what unites us.”
Now Councilman Reese joins, Sean Savoy, who sits on the Human Rights Commission; Yevonne Allen, a Civil Service Commissioner and Paco Lachoy, a member of the Senior Citizens Advisory Committee; as openly GLBTQ community members involved in the community and city government.