Andrew embraces challenges as he boldly plunges in to tough situations to reach real solutions. After navigating the State of Nevada through the most difficult budget process in history, in May 2011, Andrew charged in to fix the City of Reno’s financial troubles as City Manager. In less than a year, Andrew presented a budget with no layoffs, no reductions in services and stabilized revenues.
Andrew’s mission is to carry out the policies and programs approved by the City Council and to provide administration leadership to the 1,100 employees of the City of Reno.
His reoccurring themes are grounded on setting priorities; transparency; and fiscal responsibility. At the City of Reno, he instituted an Online Checkbook where residents can view the budget down to line-items. He also began the Online Payroll that publishes all employees’ salaries and benefits.
Andrew is addressing a projected $250 million deficit in post-employment benefits by establishing a trust to pre-fund the benefits. He is implementing a Performance Management System, which will include a public “dashboard”, so residents can track goals set by the City Council.
Andrew is also a leader in bringing innovation to Northern Nevada. IBM chose Reno as a 2013 recipient of the Smarter Cities Challenge grant, which will help the City develop a real-time data base of information to lure new business development.
Before coming to the City of Reno, Andrew was the Director of the State of Nevada’s Department of Administration, and prior to that he served as the Deputy Budget Director. In all he has been a key staff member of three different Nevada Governors. He is a recognized financial expert with outstanding analytical and problem solving skills, and has a reputation for finding innovative ways to improve government.
Andrew is a native Nevadan, graduating from Carson High School and earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration at the University of Nevada, Reno. He is also a graduate of the Leadership and Professional Development Seminar at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Andrew is very passionate about public service and the fiscal management of limited resources. He is also a devoted husband and father of four children.
When Andrew is not working, you may find him mountain biking or spending his time on the sidelines of a youth sporting event where his children are playing soccer, football and basketball.