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.
Daphne Emm-Hooper was appointed as the Fernley City Manager in March 2015. In this role, Emm-Hooper oversees the day-to-day operations and ensures efficient and effective implementation of policies and program approved by the Fernley City Council. She is responsible for the management of over 70 employees and the development and implementation of an annual budget of over $50 million. 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. She was then appointed to Assistant City Manger, where she oversaw Human Resources, Risk Management, and Water Policy.
Emm-Hooper is an instructor at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she assisted in the curriculum development and implementation of the Nevada Tribal Leadership Program, a program specifically for elected and appointed representatives and organizational leaders of Nevada's various tribal councils and tribal communities.
Born and raised in rural Nevada, Emm-Hooper has dedicated most of her career to public service. Emm-Hooper holds a designation as credentialed manager through the International City/County Manager's Association and is completing the Public Leadership Credential through Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government. She 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, a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California, Davis, and an Associates of Arts Degree from Shasta College, where she is an inductee in the Athletic Hall of Fame.