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Current, former city leaders announce plans to run for new offices
by Garrett E. Valenzuela
Jan 06, 2014 | 3553 views | 1 1 comments | 104 104 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sparks City Attorney Chet Adams, left, and former Sparks Fire Department Chief Andy Flock will run for Justice of the Peace and Sparks City Council, respectively, in November’s General Election.
Sparks City Attorney Chet Adams, left, and former Sparks Fire Department Chief Andy Flock will run for Justice of the Peace and Sparks City Council, respectively, in November’s General Election.
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Two long-time Sparks residents, who have combined for more than 40 years working for the City of Sparks, announced plans Monday to run in this year’s General Election. Sparks City Attorney Chet Adams said Monday he plans to run for Justice of the Peace and recently retired Sparks Fire Department Chief Andreas ‘Andy’ Flock said he will enter the race for Sparks City Council Ward 4.

Adams has served as Sparks City Attorney since 1997 and he said he will submit his name to the Washoe County Board of County Commissioners to become the interim Justice of the Peace, filling the seat of recently retired Judge Susan Deriso. Adams’ current term with the City of Sparks is set to expire in November of 2016. However, if elected to the temporary Justice of the Peace position, he would resign from his position at City of Sparks.

“It will be a lot of work,” Adams said about prospectively becoming Justice of the Peace. “I have never shied away from hard work. I think the exciting part is I get to take my experience at protecting the citizens of Sparks to a whole new level.

“I have been solving citizens’ problems since Day I of my job here. This will give me a better opportunity to interact with them and see both sides of the issues. I will try to be fair and just and help make this community better than what it already is.”

Adams has litigated lawsuits at the State and Federal court level and has served alongside the Sparks City Council and other City of Sparks entities as a legal advisor and representative. Adams said Monday it would be difficult to say goodbye to the city’s main offices on Prater Way, but he said it would not be the end of the relationships he has formed during his tenure with the city.

“It will certainly be an interesting and worthwhile transition,” Adams said. “I have created a lot of friendships and good working relationships with the police department, fire department and so many of our staff members. That position of trust is something I am obviously going to miss.

“I have never seen anybody more dedicated to their clients and citizens than the staff right here at the City of Sparks. They have spent their own money to help people during hard times and they go out of their way to help the people they serve. It has been a rewarding and exciting relationship and I will certainly miss it.”

In the race for Sparks City Council Ward 4, the seat current Councilman Mike Carrigan will leave at the end of the year, former Fire Chief Flock said Monday his 34 years in Sparks –– 24 in Ward 4 –– and active community leadership bode well for a position on the Sparks City Council.

“I am an active and committed member of this community, and motivated to make a difference and continue to enhance the quality of life in the City I have chosen to live, work, and raise my family,” Flock said in a release. “As a candidate and a possible future member of the Sparks City Council, I am committed to reaching out to the citizens of this city and listening to their concerns and priorities. As a representative of the citizens, it is important to understand and respect the thoughts and ideas of those you represent.”

Flock began as a volunteer firefighter in 1983 and spent 30 years with Sparks Fire Department, working his way up to become Fire Chief in 2007 before retiring last September. The Wooster High School graduate also served 30 years in the Nevada Air National Guard and is a member of the Sparks Centennial Sunrise Rotary Club.

Flock said he plans to remain an active volunteer in the Sparks community, which led him to be a founding member of the Reed High School Quarterback Club, supporting Reed’s athletics and the Career Coaching and Mentoring program for Sparks Middle School students.

Flock has also seen the government side of the City of Sparks, working on projects such as the Sparks Strategic and Master plans, Washoe County Description of Fire Service Deployment Assets and the State Homeland Security Strategy broaden the spectrum of Flock’s knowledge.

“I never joined the fire department to be the Fire Chief. Most people don’t,” Flock said in a 2013 interview with Sparks Tribune. “I joined the fire department to be a firefighter and to help people. The greatest joy I have ever had in this organization is being on a fire engine and going to somebody’s home or a place where somebody needed help. We would show up and figure out a way to help you. As I look back on my career, those are the fondest memories I have.”

The Judicial Primary Election is scheduled for June 10 and the General Election is scheduled for Nov. 4.
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Randy M
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January 06, 2014
Good luck and best wishes to both of you.
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