Chair Vaughn Hartung
Proudly serving Washoe County since 2012, Commission Chair Vaughn Hartung represents District 4, which includes Sparks, Spanish Springs, and Hidden Valley.
Chair Hartung’s roots serving the community began decades ago as a community member in the development of Spanish Springs and appointed to the Spanish Springs Citizens Advisory Board in 1993. He served the board as secretary, vice chair and as chair for three terms. His goal was to provide citizens with a voice about the future of Spanish Springs. Since then, he has helped guide careful development in Sparks and Spanish Springs on numerous issues, including schools, housing developments, business parks, flood control facilities, sewer services, utility corridors, green energy, parks, transportation, master and area plans and annexation. His many years in citizen planning have earned him the reputation for being fair, objective and unbiased in his decisions.
Chair Hartung is a not only a public servant, he is a community member, owning his own business for 36 years as a partner in a successful photography studio. He is a former adjunct faculty member for the University of Nevada, Reno and Truckee Meadows Community College, where he taught all phases of photography for two decades. Chair Hartung recognizes that the development of small and medium size businesses is an essential component of balanced regional growth and expanded job opportunities.
Chair Hartung is passionate about key economic issues in our region and enhancing community safety through the investment of critical infrastructure for the current and future needs of Washoe County residents. As a result, he is a member of Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Agency Governing Board, the Regional Transportation Commission, Truckee Meadows Water Authority and the Western Regional Water Commission as well as a key supporter of the Nevada Water Innovation Campus, a collaborative effort to research and sustainably manage our water resources. This will help ensure a stable water supply to serve the needs of the community for generations to come. His tireless efforts to ensure excellence in the water quality of our region, earned him the prestigious “Public Official of the Year” in 2018 and 2020 from the Nevada Water Environment Association (NWEA), whose mission is to enrich the expertise of Nevada’s water professionals.
In addition, Chair Hartung has spearheaded the initiative, Youth Engaged in Service, or YES grant program. The grant program’s purpose is to provide support for youth ages 5 to 24 who are engaged in community service or science-related community projects in Washoe County. The YES grant program will be implemented through local partner, the Community Foundation of Western Nevada, who will administer the grant application and award process to local deserving students.
Current Board Appointments:
- Community Homeless Advisory Board (Alternate)
- Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada
- Nevada Association of Counties Board of Directors
- Regional Transportation Commission
- Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Agency Governing Board
- Truckee Meadows Water Authority
- Truckee River Flood Management Authority
- Washoe County Investment Committee
- Washoe County Stadium Authority
- Western Regional Water Commission
Commissioner Hartung is the Washoe County Strategic Goal Champion for the Economic Impacts initiative focused on being responsive and proactive to pending economic impacts and taking a leadership role in facilitating smart growth.
Commissioner Hartung has lived in Washoe County for over 40 years, 35 of which have been in Spanish Springs. He has been married to his wife, Sandra for 38 years.