January 2007 the Clark County economy peaked with the Las Vegas real estate bubble and began a rapid decline. Also in January 2007 Cahill was sworn into his first term as Clark County Nevada Public Administrator.
Cahill has managed the Office of Public Administrator through the toughest economic times in Clark County during the past three decades. Budget cuts, staff layoffs, reductions in hours for the CCPA field Investigators, elemination of overtime, and the resulting changes in operations remain a challenge for CCPA operations.
Cahill made decisions that were difficult but necessary. Services were cut to the manditory requirements of NRS 253 and work focused on estates under the orders of the Probate Court. Those changes have allowed the office to operate within the budget approved by the Clark County Board of Commissioners.
Clark County is the name of twelve counties in the United States of America. Most, though not all, are named after two brothers: military hero George Rogers Clark in the Midwest, and explorer William Clark in the West. Clark County Nevada was named for Montana Senator William Andrews Clark. Clark built the railroad from Los Angeles to Salt Lake City, passing through Las Vegas.
Clark County, Nevada, the most populous county on the list
Clark County Nevada is a county located in Southern Nevada. As of the 2010 census, the population was 1,951,269, with an expected population of 2,000,000 plus in 2012. It is the most populous county in the state of Nevada, accounting for nearly three-quarters of Nevada’s residents. Las Vegas, Nevada's most populous city, has been the county seat since Clark County was formed by the Nevada Legislature by splitting off a portion of Lincoln County on February 5, 1909 coming into existence on July 1, 1909.
On July 3rd, 1909, the first Clark County Board of Commissioners meeting took place with a minimum of fanfare, with a three-man board appointed by the governor. The first order of the day was to elect a chairman. W.E. Hawkins, owner of Hawkins Dry Goods Store, got the nod. Since member Samuel Wells was from Muddy Valley and William Bradley from Searchlight, it seemed that Hawkins would have a better chance at keeping up with the day-to-day workings of the commission from his home base in Las Vegas. The next task was for the commission to appoint other county officials and to set the amounts of their bonds. These officials were Sheriff, Charles Corkhill; Frank Clayton, Recorder; County Clerk, Harley Harmon; Assessor, W.J. McBurney; Treasurer, Ed. W. Clark; District Attorney, W.R. Thomas, Surveyor, C.E. McCarthy and Public Administrator, Charles Ireland. With those appointments finished, the commission approved a three-year lease with Las Vegas Township for a building to be used for county purposes, at the rate of $1 per year.
1848 Area now encompassed by Clark County becomes part of United States, as a part of the New Mexico Territory
10/31/1864 Nevada becomes a state during the Civil War. Area now encompassed by Clark County is not part of original state of Nevada but is part of Arizona Territory
5/4/1866 U.S. Congress passes a bill allowing Nevada to extend southern border into Arizona Territory, covering territory to point where Colorado River meets the California Border
1/17/1867 Nevada State legislature votes to extend southern border, taking in today’s Clark County.
2/18/1871 Arizona Territorial Legislature finally dissolves Pah-Ute county, part of today’s Clark County.
1904 Helen Stewart sells her Las Vegas Ranch property to Montana Senator William Andrews Clark for the San Pedro, Los Angeles and Salt Lake Railroad.
7/1/1909 Clark County comes into existence by splitting Lincoln County. Las Vegas is named the County seat, defeating Searchlight.
10/1914 Local Mexican residents, led by A. G. Gonzales, P. Solic and C. Trevino, put on first Mexican Independence Day Parade at Las Vegas.
11/1914 Nevada women get the right to vote, five years before national suffrage is passed. This November 2014 election will be the 100th Anniversary of the vote to give Nevada Women the Right to Vote!
There is much more Clark County history at the Clark County NV Centennial web site.