After 46 years in public service, the last 30 of which were in Clark County, Laughlin Town Manager Jackie Brady is retiring. She made the announcement during Tuesday’s Town Advisory Board meeting.
Brady was Clark County’s liaison to all rural town advisory boards and citizen advisory councils when she was tabbed to be the interim town manager in 1995, replacing Mike Cool, who had retired. In Jun. 1995, Brady accepted the job on a permanent basis. Known for being relatively quiet during public meetings, Brady took 17 minutes to say goodbye as she delivered her final report to the town board.
“I’ve tried to serve with distinction, but especially with integrity and dedication to the people of Clark County,” Brady said. “Throughout the years it was their faces before me and my faith in Jesus Christ that inspired me to give my best.”
Brady has been both directly and indirectly involved in public service at every level of government in Texas, Arizona and Nevada. She told town board members that her long career, which spanned five decades, evolved with the every-changing demands that have been made on governments by the people they serve.
“I’ve always been in the midst of cutting edge public policy evolution and innovation,” Brady said. “Crowning my final 21 years was managing Laughlin and Searchlight services.”
“In Laughlin, I got to see first hand what average citizens face and how dependent they are on government to make wise and fair decisions.”
While she was especially please with the accomplishments that have been attained during her tenure, such as the development of the Colorado River Heritage Greenway Trail with the collaboration of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the National Park Service, Brady also pointed to several disappointments.
She said that she, like so many others in the community, would have liked to have been able to attract grocery and drug stores, churches, other regular commercial businesses and medical facilities that are enjoyed by residents in other community.
She blames the Great Recession of 2008 for being a major impediment to economic development in Laughlin. She also referred to the political upheaval that ensued following the election of Clark County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak in 2008 as having a cooling effect on economic development. She said the town became ‘split’ over the appointments that were made to the town board shortly after Sisolak’s election and the discourse continued and eventually led to a vote on incorporation in 2012.
Brady is still very bullish on Laughlin and suggested the town board and future leaders of the town continue to move forward. She warned against giving ear to those who are not as positive about the town’s future.
“Be weary of anyone whose words are always negative, full of doom and critical of others without a serious willingness to pitch in and work beside others toward a solution,” she added.
Brady’s retirement will become official on Apr. 9.
Laughlin community development manager Deborah Murray will serve as interim town manager until a permanent replacement is hired.