The City Manager is the Chief Administrative Officer of the City. The duties of the City Manager are contained in Fernley Municipal Code, Title I, Chapter 5. The primary duties of the City Manager are:
- Direct and supervise all departments, offices, and agencies of the City
- Assist the Mayor in accomplishing the Mayor's statutory duties
- Appoint and remove non-elected officers and employees
- Prepare the City's budget
- Recommend adoption of policies and procedures to the City Council
- Maintain the structure of the organization
- Investigate the affairs of the City or any department
The activities of the City Manager’s Office include managing, programming, planning, organizing, coordinating, expediting, negotiating, community relations, and the implementation of strategic priorities and policies established by the Council.
On March 4, 2015, Daphne Emm-Hooper was appointed Fernley City Manager. She joined the City of Fernley in 2011 as the Administrative Services Manager serving as the Human Resources Director and Risk Manager. In May 2012 she was appointed Interim City Manager until February 2013 where under policy direction of the Chief Executive Officer (Mayor) and the City Council, she planned, directed, managed, and oversaw the activities and operations of the City. She was then promoted to Assistant City Manager within five months, where she oversaw Human Resources, Risk Management and Water Policy.
In her role as City Manager, Hooper oversees the day-to-day operations and ensures efficient and effective implementation of policies and programs approved by the Fernley City Council. She is also responsible for the management of over 55 employees and an annual budget of over $18 Million.
Born and raised in rural Nevada, Hooper has dedicated most of her career to public service. Prior to her time in Fernley, she served as the Executive Director of Nevada Urban Indians, Director of Weed and Seed – program funded through the U.S. Department of Justice, and as a Community Liaison for the City of Reno.
Hooper holds a Master of Science in Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University, a Master of Arts in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix – Reno, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, University of California – Davis, an Associates Degree from Shasta College, where is also an inductee in the Athletic Hall of Fame. Hooper attended Douglas High School in Minden, NV.