Board of County Commissioners

BOCC 2019

(From left to right: Barry Penzel, Larry Walsh, Wesley Rice, John Engels, and Dave Nelson)


The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) is the governing, legislative body for Douglas County. The 5 members of the Board are elected at large, by district. Commissioners serve 4-year, overlapping terms, and receive limited compensation for their service to the community. Each year, the Board selects one of its members to serve as chairman and preside over public meetings.

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The duties of the Board of Commissioners are to: 

  • Develop policies guiding the county in the delivery of services and achieving community goals
  • Encourage resident awareness and involvement
  • Maintain financial stability by overseeing the county budget process and allocations
  • Provide County Leadership


District         Incumbent                                   Term 
District 1       Dave Nelson, Commissioner   2017-2020
       (775) 690-2979
District 2       John Engels, Commissioner              2019-2022
       (775) 546-3171 
District 3       Larry Walsh, Vice Chairman      2017-2020 
       (775) 450-9414

District 4       Wesley Rice, Commissioner       2019-2022
                       (775) 546-3170 

District 5       Barry Penzel, Chairman                       2013-2020
                       (775)  781-6075