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Spring Mt Youth Camp was, and is, the Clark County Juvenile facility for adjudicated delinquent boys 12 to 18 yrs old. In 1966 SMYC was located in the mountains just north of Red Rock Canyon at 6500 ft elevation. The original Spring Mountain Youth Camp was created through a provision of the Will of wealthy industrial heiress Vera Krupp who owned the Spring Mt Ranch outside Red Rock Canyon, now a State Park. Now Spring Mountain Ranch State Park is located 15 miles west of Las Vegas, via Blue Diamond Rd., in the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. The many springs in these mountains provided water for Paiute Indians and later brought mountain men and early settlers to the area. This 520 acre oasis was developed into a combination working ranch and luxurious retreat by a string of owners who have given the area a long and colorful history. Past owners of the ranch included Chester Lauck of the comedy team Lum & Abner, German actress Vera Krupp, and millionaire Howard Hughes.

During 30 years at the Juvenile Cahill worked Parole, Child Protective Service, Child Haven, and in 1993 was chosen by the US Senate to serve as one of nine "practitioners" on the national Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.  

Cahill was elected twice as President of the Clark County Employees Association 1983 and 1984 and lobbied at the NV Legislature for worker's collective bargaining rights.  The CCEA later affiliated and became SEIU 1107.

 After retiring in 1996 as Manager of Juvenile Probation services for all of Clark County Nevada, Cahill created a small business instructing Home Firearms Safety and also became certified by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation to instruct Rider Safety at the Clark County Community College with classes at the Cheyenne, Charleston, and Henderson campuses.  John was the Charter President founding the Henderson Chapter of the Retired Public Employees, a statewide organization serving Nevada's state, county, municipal employees, including police, fire and teachers.   

Cahill began work at the Clark County Public Administrator Office as an Estate Investigator in 2004 and was elected to lead the Department in November 2006.

John has been married to wife Stephanie Page Wurzer for thirty years and they share three adult children, Michelle and Ian in Page, AZ and Erika in Denver, CO and three grandchildren, Halen, Maxcy, and Jackson.  John's sisters Patricia and Kathleen have given the family his nieces and nephews in Henderson, Boulder City, Santa Fe and Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Livermore, California.

John's interests outside include local and state politics, Audio Books (library of 250+), reading, motorcycle and 4x4 quad travel (Harley-Davidson, BMW, Yamaha), firearm competitions (eleven Sr Olympics individual Gold Medals and team member for the 2012 Gold Medal County Corporate Challenge Pistol Range Shoot) and genealogy.  

John is a Trustee for the Las Vegas Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police, a member of the Blue Knights International Law Enforcement Motorcycle ClubUnion Sportsmen's Alliance, member Henderson RPEN, Paradise Dems, Red Rock Dems, North Valley Dems, Clark County and Nevada State Democratic Party Central Committees.    

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