Clark County Government is run by the Clark County Commission,
which consists of seven members. The County operates from the
Clark County Government Center, located in the City of Las Vegas.
The building is an unusual shape, and includes an outdoor amphitheater
where concerts and events are held. The Las Vegas Metropolitan
Police Department provides law enforcement services in the county.
The Clark County Park Police is responsible for parks operated
by the county. The Regional Justice Center replaced the Clark
County Courthouse in 2005, and is located about 3 blocks from
downtown Fremont Street, at 200 Lewis Avenue.
The responsibility for this multi-faceted service delivery organization
is borne by the seven members Board of County Commissioners, elected
from geographic districts on a partisan basis for staggered four-year
terms. County Commissioners biennially elect a chairman who serves
as the Commission's presiding officer. The Commission, in turn,
hires a County Manager who is responsible for the administrative
operations of County government. Clark County Commissioners serve
as "ex-officio" as the governing bodies of the Las Vegas
Valley Water District, the Clark County Sanitation District, the
University Medical Center of Southern Nevada, the Big Bend and
Kyle Canyon Water Districts, and the Clark County Liquor and Gaming
The Clark County Manager is responsible for the executive oversight
of a government that provides both regional and municipal-type
services to over 1.9 million residents. The County’s chief
executive officer carries out the policies established by the
seven-member Board of County Commissioners and is responsible
for the fiscal management of the County’s $5.9 billion budget
and provides administrative oversight for 38 diverse and geographically
dispersed departments (including McCarran International Airport
and the University Medical Center), and the more than 10,000 employees.
LAS VEGAS GOVERNMENT
The City of Las Vegas government operates as a council-manager
government. The Mayor sits as a Council member-at-large and presides
over all of the City Council meetings. The City Manager is responsible
for the administration and the day-to-day operation of all of
the municipal services and city departments. The City Manager
also maintains intergovernmental relationships with federal, state,
county and other local governments.