State of Nevada Executive Order - Executive Department

EXECUTIVE ORDER 2017-07 

Ordering Flags to Half-Staff as Mark of Respect and in Remembrance of Mayor Robert Stanley Ferraro

WHEREAS, there are certain individuals in the history of the State of Nevada whose legacy of public service inspire us all to help make our communities stronger than we found them, and Boulder City, Nevada Mayor Robert Stanley Ferraro was such a person;
WHEREAS, Mayor Ferraro was native Nevadan, born north of Winnemucca in Paradise Valley on July 30, 1935 to Ella and John Ferraro;
WHEREAS, he was raised in Paradise Valley's ranching community, where he attended school in a two-room building;
WHEREAS, he graduated from Humboldt County High School in 1953, from the University of Nevada in 1957 with a degree in agriculture, and he earned his master's degree in agronomy and range management in 1959;
WHEREAS, Mayor Ferraro began his career in public service with the first job he took out of college, working as an assistant Churchill County extension agent for the University of Nevada's College of Agriculture in Fallon, Nevada;
WHEREAS, his commitment to public service extended beyond our nation's borders when, in 1966, he and his family, including three young children, moved to Lahore, West Pakistan so he could work for the U.S. Agency for International Development as an agricultural adviser to the Pakistani government;
WHEREAS, after moving to Boulder City, Nevada in 1969, Mayor Ferraro was first appointed to the Boulder City Council in 1976, and in 1999 became the city's first elected mayor, eventually serving the Boulder City community for 31 years;
WHEREAS, Mr. Ferraro was devoted to the people of Boulder City and worked hard to ensure all citizens had a voice;
WHEREAS, he was named Nevada Public Official of the Year in 1986, Community Leader of the Year in 2001, and served on the boards of numerous organizations in Southern Nevada, including the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and Nevada Development Authority;
WHEREAS, Mayor Ferraro was passionate about history, he was a world-renowned bottle collector, co-author of two books on bottle collecting, and a collector and authority of rare Nevada artifacts;
WHEREAS, Mayor Ferraro passed away on Saturday, April 29, 2017, and the thoughts and prayers of the Nevada family are with his family, friends and loved ones;
WHEREAS, Nevada has lost one of its finest public servants, but Mayor Ferraro's reputation, character, and legacy of public service will live on for generations; and
WHEREAS, Article 5, Section 1 of the Nevada Constitution provides: "The supreme executive power of this State, shall be vested in a Chief Magistrate who shall be Governor of the State of Nevada."
NOW, THEREFORE, by the authority vested in me as Governor by the Constitution and laws of the State of Nevada and the United States, it is hereby ordered as follows:

The flags of the United States and the State of Nevada shall be flown at half-staff at the State Capitol and all State public buildings and grounds from sunrise until sunset on Friday, May 19, 2017, as a mark of respect and in remembrance of Mayor Robert Stanley Ferraro.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Nevada to be affixed at the State Capitol in Carson City, this 3rd day of  May, in the year two thousand  seventeen.

Official Nevada State Seal          Signatures of Governor Brian Sandoval & Barbara Cegaske