A Brief History of Nevada League of Cities


The Nevada League of Cities and Municipalities was originally incorporated as the NEVADA MUNICIPAL ASSOCIATION on October 30, 1959, with sixteen member cities. Its first office was located in the Sweetland Building in Carson City. Amended articles of incorporation filed May 20, 1974, reflected the name change to the NEVADA LEAGUE OF CITIES.

According to the FALLON EAGLE on July 22, 1944, the “League of Nevada Cities” held organizational meetings for the purpose of incorporating. The first officers were: Mayor Harry E. Stewart of Reno, President; Arthur F. Smith, Sr., City Commissioner of Las Vegas, Vice President; D.J. Fodrin, Mayor of Sparks, Treasurer; and Emerson Wilson, City Attorney of Reno, Secretary.

Other members of the Board of Directors were: A.L. Haight, Fallon City Attorney; Harry E. Stewart, Reno; Thomas E. Dixon, Caliente; D.J. Fodrin of Sparks; and Arthur F. Smith Sr., from Las Vegas.

The original goals and objectives of the first League are the same that were adopted by the Nevada Municipal Association in 1959, and remain true today:

”To foster periodical conferences of city officials; disseminate knowledge of municipal affairs and government; to circulate publications on municipal affairs; to secure harmony of action among cities; and to render technical information and other services to the cities.”

In 1995, the League By-Laws were amended to include membership from affiliates such as unincorporated towns, general improvement districts, and other municipalities. At the 38th Annual Conference in West Wendover August 16, 1997, the general membership adopted the name, “NEVADA LEAGUE OF CITIES AND MUNICIPALITIES” to incorporate League representation of affiliate members.

Mission Statement

The Nevada League of Cities and Municipalities is a professional association that serves as the state’s primary champion of local government. As a statewide vehicle for collaboration, the League promotes positive and continuous community development through public policy formulation, advocacy, shared data and timely communication. Through analysis, education, planning and influential legislative representation, the League provides a potent central voice for all communities as they build a vibrant, sustainable and exceptional future for the residents of Nevada.

Vision of the Future

The guiding principal of the League of Cities and Municipalities is to build the resources and prosperity of its members and the businesses that operate therein, which, in turn, raises the standard of living for all Nevadans.

NLC&M Professional Staff

Wesley Harper
Executive Director

Jo Walker
Administration Manager