At the Sparks City Council Meeting on November 13, five elected officials took the oath of office from Mayor Geno Martini.
Councilwoman Julia Ratti was re-elected to a second four-year term. She is currently the President/CEO of the Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada and previously served as the President of Strategic Management Services. Julia has fourteen years of non-profit management experience and eight years of experience providing consulting services. Ratti currently serves as the Vice Chair for the Sparks Redevelopment Agency, on the District Board of Health, the Sparks Parks and Recreation Commission, the Oversight Committee for School Facilities, as an alternate for the Truckee Meadows Water Authority and is a member of the Soroptomist International of Truckee Meadows. She has previously served on the Washoe County Senior Services Committee, Member City of Sparks Master Plan Steering Committee, Member Reno Transportation Commission Transportation Plan 2040 Steering Committee, United Way Standards Committee, the Bruka Theater of the Sierra Advisory Board and the Project GO Advisory Board. She received a Masters of Non-profit Administration from the University of San Francisco and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Photography from the University of Nevada, Reno.
Councilman Ron Smith was re-elected to a third term, though his first term was only a two-year term. Smith was first elected in November 2006 and re-elected in 2008 after running unopposed. He has been in the grocery business for 39 years and is currently a Store Director for Scolari's Food and Drug and served on the Vistas Homeowners Association, the D'Andrea Homeowners Association and the High Sierra Industries Board of Directors and is presently on the Board of Directors of Tune Into Kids. Smith is also Chairman of the Sparks Redevelopment Agency, the Regional Transportation Commission and the Flood Control Project, Vice Chair of the city's Tourism and Marketing Committee and a member of the Western Regional Water Commission.
Councilman Ron Schmitt was re-elected to a fourth term. Schmitt was first elected in June 2001 and re-elected in November 2004 and 2008. He is the owner and general manager of the business consultant firm RPS Enterprise. Schmitt is the past President of the Nevada League of Cities and Municipalities (NLCM) and in 2005 was selected as the Public Official of the Year by the NLCM. He is a member of the National League of Cities and a past member of the Board of Directors. He presently serves on the Advisory Board and the Reno-Sparks Chamber of Commerce, the Tourism and Marketing Committee, Shared Services Elected Officials Committee, the Local Emergency Planning Committee, Information Technology Steering Committee and as an alternate for the Regional Transportation Commission. Prior to his election in 2001, he served on the Washoe County Human Services Consortium Advisory Board as member and chair, on the Sparks Planning Commission and the Sparks Citizens Advisory Committee.
Judge James Spoo was re-elected to the Sparks Municipal Court where he began serving in 2006. Spoo is also a Paralegal Instructor in the Extended Studies Division at the University of Nevada, Reno. He has held many positions over the course of his career, including as a Court Appointed Arbitrator in the Second Judicial District Court, a Chair for the Regional Quality of Life Task Force and Vice Chair of Truckee Meadows Tomorrow. He also served as a State Administrative Law Judge and as Executive Director for the State Commission on Economic Development. Spoo also served as the Mayor of Sparks, Assistant City Attorney and the Deputy Attorney General for the State of Nevada and as Legislative Analyst for the Library of Congress. He received his Bachelor of Arts from California State University, Humboldt, a Master of Arts from the University of Oregon, his Juris Doctor from American University, completed his Graduate Studies at the University of Southern California and his Judicial Studies at the National Judicial College.
City Attorney Chet Adams was re-elected to the position he has held since 1997. Adams began working in the City Attorney's Office in 1991 and has been both a defense lawyer for the City of Sparks and the Victim Advocate for abused victims. He still maintains a civil litigation caseload in accordance with his hands on approach to defending and protecting the City's Treasury and the citizen's tax dollars. Chet and his team of lawyers continue to promote an aggressive but compassionate attitude to the City Attorney's Office.