Born: 1949 in Reno, Nevada
Family: Spouse, Jill Sweningsen Hardy; children: Joseph Paul Jr., Nicole, Emily, Leah, Spencer, Dane, Jack, Ryan; grandchildren: 21
Education: Sparks High School; University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, Bachelor of Science; Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, School of Medicine, MD
Occupation: Associate Professor, Touro University Nevada, and Family Physician
Duration of residency in Boulder City: June 1982 to present
Previous Boulder City service experience (appointed, elected or volunteer positions): Boulder Alderman and Pro Tempore Mayor, 1999-2002
Previous experience serving other government agencies (appointed, elected or volunteer positions): Major, United States Air Force; Legislative Service: Deputy Minority Leader, 2021; Acting President, 2015; Nevada Senate, 2010-present; Minority Whip, 2013-2014; Minority Whip, 2007; Nevada Assembly, 2003-2010
Club/Organization Memberships: member of the ad hoc committee of regents for higher education/health, 2003-2004; advertising chair: Walk for Development, Ayuda and Meals on Wheels, 1968; French Mission, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; board member of Rapid Valley Water District, South Dakota; vice president, Parent Teacher Association, Rapid Valley Elementary School, South Dakota; founding member, Boulder City Drug Abuse Council; president, Nevada Academy of Family Practice; Clark County Health District Board Member; Vice President, Southern Nevada Regional Planning Coalition; member of the executive committee of the Boulder City Community Education Advisory Council; One World Ambassador Alliance, humanitarian project, El Salvador; member of the Nevada League of Cities Legislative Committee; board of directors, LDS Family Services (adoption agency); Debt Commission, Clark County; Sunday school teacher
Honours/Awards/Special Qualifications: Recovery Foundation; Steve Sigman Award, 2017; American Conservative Union Foundation Achievement Award, 2017; Southern Nevada Health, Education, Advocacy and Leadership Award, 2014; University of Nevada, Reno, medical school tutor; Harold Fickes Award, 2013; Nevada Family Physician of the Year, 1998 and 2010; Nevada Rural Community Star
What is your vision for Boulder City in 10 years, given the current drought and efforts to strengthen historic preservation?
I see the effects of this 40-year drought since the Hoover Dam spillways “overflowing” in 1983 continue. We hope and pray that the snow in the mountains and the climates will change. We will need decades of wet years to recover from low lake levels.
We are grateful that Boulder City was included in the third straw implementation. The Southern Nevada Water Authority was led by prescient people who prepared us for this time. Return debit credits are essential, as are commitments to take less water from the lake. Boulder City will actively participate in water conservation as we use less and become more efficient in using our wastewater locally on city green spaces.
Boulder City is the story of Southern Nevada and even the Southwest. The very architecture and town planning are historic. The Great Depression was alleviated in part through the construction and maintenance of the Boulder (now Hoover) Dam. Structures, both residential and commercial, are an essential part of history and must be protected and encouraged to maintain our appeal to visitors and residents.
In ten years we should be able to see and tour the water filtration plant like we did last week, except we should have upgraded security and restoration.
We plan to identify other less significant structures, even houses, on a walking tour of our rich history. This should be a historical draw for people interested in what it was like during and after the dam was built. We will protect our visible authentic historical heritage; it is invaluable.
The city will partner with private entities to ensure the protection of our charm and small town appeal. The Controlled Growth Ordinance, which has now been in place for over three decades, has been effective in keeping our city small, safe and secure. Our schools will continue to perform very well; our teachers and students will continue to be respected and cooperative.
Our citizens have shown themselves engaged in services and activities that continue to bring us together as families, neighbors and friends. Our police and fire protection officers are positively involved in our community. Businesses have bounced back into the community and exhibited the resilience typical of that community’s spirit. We will continue to have exemplary business such as Fisher Space Pen, Characters Unlimited and Fiocchi Sales. We will have improved software that will make licensing easier and help businesses grow.
The land that Boulder City annexed decades ago in the Eldorado Valley has been an economic and strategic boon. Land leased for solar and energy contributed to the city budget by about a third. The wildlife sanctuary has enabled decades of commercial property growth in Clark County. Property taxes and utility costs remain the lowest of most municipal or county entities.
A manageable buffer against crushing encroachments protected the quaint little look we all love. The Clark County School District recognizes that we are unique and have more of a rural school atmosphere than an urban one.
The controlled growth ordinance of decades ago has worked well. Even though we have slowly increased the number of houses, our population has remained essentially stable, increasing from 15,009 in the 2010 census to 14,885 in the 2020 census. The governor’s kind nudge has brought us to a little more of 15,100.
Our secondary school had over 700 students and now has about 600 students. Ten years from now, we will continue to have an aging population. We foresee a greater need for medical services in the offices and in the hospital.
Selling and leasing land will continue to be options for Boulder City. The process used by Tract 350 will need to be refined and be more transparent at every stage. The initial ballot for passage to the 2010 elections was for 100 houses. This would have refunded the golf course deposit. Zoning discussions took place later in 2015 using 122 lots. We will insist on being more open to the public processes that will still be in place in 10 years.
We will work together to make sure we protect our parks and recreation areas. We will find ways to overcome the challenges. We have a busy airport and will qualify for a tower; renowned golf courses, walking and cycling trails will be a tourist attraction. We have better service per discharge partnership than any other local jurisdiction. Our local hospital is enthusiastically supported by our traditional annual Art in the Park event.
We will continue to have service minded people in many organizations. Our rodeo grounds are a model of involved people who take care of their animals and their visitors. We will continue to honor our veterans at Southern Nevada State Veterans Home and those who made the ultimate sacrifice in our Veterans Cemetery.
There is a literal spirit of Boulder City. Ten years from now, we want Boulder City to be said: “Boulder City clean and green. Come stay (and) play for a day. Better town by a dam site. The controlled growth ordinance worked. We love our city. Together we serve.
City Council passed a resolution to ask a question on the ballot asking voters if they would approve the sale of 16.3 acres of land southeast of Boulder City Parkway and Veterans Memorial Drive to develop a grocery store and associated retail stores. What do you think of this proposal?
I think it’s premature to put on the ballot. The ballot should be used to propose an action such as selling the land. I do not support the intent to specifically identify “for a grocery store”. It’s a slippery slope.