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STATE OF NEVADA
BEFORE THE NEVADA COMMISSION ON ETHICS
In re Devon Reese, Member, City Council,
City of Reno, State of Nevada,
Subject. /
Ethics Complaint
Case No. 22-104C
REVIEW PANEL DETERMINATION
NRS 281A.730; NAC 281A.440
The Nevada Commission on Ethics (“Commission”) received this Ethics Complaint
(“Complaint”) from a member of the public on September 12, 2022, regarding the alleged
conduct of Subject Devon Reese (“Reese”). On October 27, 2022, the Commission
Instructed the Executive Director to investigate alleged violations of NRS 281A.400(2),
(3) and (9) and NRS 281A.420(1) and (3).
Reese is a public officer as defined in NRS 281A.160, and the Commission has
jurisdiction over this matter pursuant to NRS 281A.280 because the allegations contained
in the Complaint relate to Reese’s conduct as a public officer and have associated
implications under the Ethics Law.
On March 15, 2023, a Review Panel consisting of Commissioner Teresa Lowry,
Esq. (Presiding Officer), Vice-Chair Brian Duffrin and Commissioner Amanda Yen, Esq.,1
considered the following: (1) Ethics Complaint (2) Order on Jurisdiction and Investigation;
(3) Reese’s Response to the Complaint; and (4) Executive Director’s Recommendation
to the Review Panel with Summary of Investigatory Findings and Relevant Evidentiary
Exhibits.2
The Review Panel unanimously finds and concludes that the facts do not establish
credible evidence to support a determination that just and sufficient cause exists for the
Commission to render an opinion in the matter regarding the alleged violations of NRS
281A.400(2), (3) and (9). However, the Review Panel unanimously finds and concludes
that the facts do establish credible evidence to support a determination that just and
sufficient cause exists for the Commission to render an opinion in the matter regarding
the alleged violations of NRS 281A.420(1) and (3). Nevertheless, pursuant to NRS
281A.730, the Review Panel reasonably believes that Reese’s conduct may be
appropriately addressed through corrective action under the terms and conditions of a
deferral agreement instead of referring these allegations to the Commission for further
1 After consultation with Commission Counsel, Commissioner Amanda Yen disclosed that the Subject of
this complaint and the City of Reno are clients of McDonald Carano (“Firm”). Commissioner Yen is a partner
with the Firm and has both a pecuniary interest in her employment and a private commitment to the Firm,
as her employer, and its clients under NRS 281A.065. Consequently, the independence of judgment of a
reasonable person in Commissioner Yen’s situation could be materially affected in voting upon matters
related to this case. In order to avoid any appearance of impropriety and to comply with Nevada’s Ethics in
Government Law set forth in NRS Chapter 281A and Rule 2.11 of the Code of Judicial Conduct,
Commissioner Yen disclosed her private interests and abstained from participation in this case.
2 All materials provided to the Review Panel, except the Ethics Complaint and the Order on Jurisdiction
and Investigation, represent portions of the investigatory file and remain confidential pursuant to NRS
281A.755.
Review Panel Determination
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proceedings at this time. The deferral agreement must confirm Reese’s
acknowledgement of the following:
• Comply with the Ethics Law for a specified period of two years from
the Panel’s approval of the deferral agreement without being the
subject of another complaint arising from an alleged violation of the
Ethics Law and for which a review panel determines there is just and
sufficient cause for the Commission to render an opinion in the
matter;
• Receive training approved by the Executive Director within 60 days
of approval of the deferral agreement;
• Develop a disclosure and abstention check process that complies
with the requirements of NRS 281A.420 to be used when any issues
or clients involving Hutchison & Steffan come before the Reno City
Council; and
• Submit minutes from all Reno City Council Meetings referencing
issues or clients involving Hutchison & Steffan to the Executive
Director for the first year of the term of the deferral agreement.
Unless an extension of time is authorized or directed by the Commission Counsel
on behalf of the Review Panel, the Executive Director and Subject shall provide a
proposed deferral agreement to the Review Panel through its Commission Counsel on or
before May 15, 2023, which deadline may be extended by the Commission Counsel for
good cause. If the Review Panel does not approve the deferral agreement or if the Subject
declines to enter into a deferral agreement, the Review Panel will issue an order referring
this matter to the Commission for further proceedings.
Dated this 15th day of March, 2023.
REVIEW PANEL OF THE NEVADA COMMISSION ON ETHICS
By: /s/ Teresa Lowry By: ABSTAINED
Teresa Lowry Amanda Yen, Esq.
Commissioner/Presiding Officer Commissioner
By: /s/ Brian Duffrin
Brian Duffrin
Commissioner
Review Panel Determination
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CERTIFICATE OF MAILING
I certify that I am an employee of the Nevada Commission on Ethics and that on
this day in Carson City, Nevada, I transmitted a true and correct copy of the foregoing
REVIEW PANEL DETERMINATION via U.S. Certified Mail through the Nevada State
Mailroom and electronic mail addressed as follows:
Ross E. Armstrong, Esq.
Executive Director
Elizabeth J. Bassett, Esq.
Nevada Commission on Ethics
704 W. Nye Lane, Suite 204
Carson City, NV 89703
Devon Reese
c/o Jonathan Shipman
Assistant City Attorney
City of Reno
1 E. First Street, Suite 300
Reno, NV 89501
Email: rarmstrong@ethics.nv.gov
Email: ebassett@ethics.nv.gov
Email: dreese@hutchlegal.com
Email: shipmanj@reno.gov
Certified Mail No.: 9171 9690 0935 0037 6407 26
Dated: 3/20/23
Employee, Nevada Commission on Ethics
22-104C
Exhibit B
Exhibit C
Exhibit D
Redacted pursuant to NRS
281A.750
Order on Jurisdiction and Investigation
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STATE OF NEVADA
BEFORE THE NEVADA COMMISSION ON ETHICS
In re Devon Reese, Member, City Council,
City of Reno, State of Nevada,
Subject. /
Ethics Complaint
Case No. 22-104C
Confidential
ORDER ON JURISDICTION AND INVESTIGATION
Pursuant to NRS 281A.715
The Nevada Commission on Ethics (“Commission”) received an Ethics Complaint
on September 12, 2022, regarding Devon Reese (“Subject”). On October 27, 2022,
pursuant to the requirements of the Nevada Ethics in Government Law set forth in NRS
Chapter 281A (“Ethics Law”) and NAC 281A.405, the Commission conducted its
jurisdictional and evidentiary review of the record, including the Ethics Complaint,
supporting evidence, and the recommendation of the Executive Director.1
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED:
The Commission directs that the identity of the Requester be maintained as
confidential under NRS 281A.750. With regard to the allegations referenced in the Ethics
Complaint, the Commission accepts jurisdiction over Subject’s alleged conduct
associated with the Reno City Council meeting dated June 8, 2022, and Subject’s
attendance at labor negotiations or updates on the collective bargaining agreements, and
any related directions to City staff. Accordingly, the Executive Director is directed to
investigate and serve a Notice of Complaint and Investigation regarding the Subject’s
alleged violations of the following provisions of the Ethics Law:
NRS 281A.400(2) Using position in government to secure or grant unwarranted
privileges, preferences, exemptions or advantages for
himself, any business entity in which he has a significant
pecuniary interest, or any person to whom he has a
commitment in a private capacity.
NRS 281A.400(3) Participating as an agent of government in the negotiation or
execution of a contract between the government and himself,
any business entity in which he has a significant pecuniary
interest or any person to whom, he has a commitment in a
private capacity.
1 The following Commissioners participated in this jurisdictional review: Chair Wallin, Vice-Chair Duffrin and
Commissioners Gruenewald, Lowry, Oscarson, and Towler.
After consultation with Commission Counsel, Commissioner Amanda Yen disclosed that the Subject of this
complaint and the City of Reno (“City”) are clients of the law firm of McDonald Carano (“Firm”).
Commissioner Yen is a partner with the Firm and has both a pecuniary interest in her employment and a
private commitment to the Firm, as her employer, and its clients under NRS 281A.065. Consequently, the
independence of judgment of a reasonable person in Commissioner Yen’s situation could be materially
affected in voting upon matters related to this case. In order to avoid any appearance of impropriety and
comply with Nevada’s Ethics in Government Law set forth in NRS Chapter 281A and Rule 2.11 of the Code
of Judicial Conduct, Commissioner Yen is disclosing her private interests and is abstaining from
participation in this case.
Order on Jurisdiction and Investigation
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NRS 281A.400(9) Attempting to benefit a personal or pecuniary interest of any
person to whom he has a commitment in a private capacity
through the influence of a subordinate.
NRS 281A.420(3) Failing to abstain from acting on an official matter which is
materially affected by the acceptance of a gift or loan,
pecuniary interest, or commitment in a private capacity to the
interest of another person.
Separately, pursuant to NAC 281A.415, the Executive Director is directed to
include and serve a Notice of Additional Issues and Facts as part of the Notice of
Complaint and Investigation regarding the following violation for Subject’s conduct
associated with considering and participating on the various collective bargaining
agreements at the June 8, 2022, Reno City Council meeting and alleged attendance at
labor negotiations or updates on the collective bargaining agreements, and any related
directions to City staff:
NRS 281A.420(1) Failing to sufficiently disclose his acceptance of a gift or loan,
pecuniary interest, commitment in a private capacity to the
interest of another person or the nature of any representation
or counseling provided to a private person for compensation
before another agency in the preceding year that is
reasonably affected by an official matter.
DATED this 27th day of October 2022.
NEVADA COMMISSION ON ETHICS
/s/ Kim Wallin
Kim Wallin, CPA, CMA, CFM
Commission Chair
Order on Jurisdiction and Investigation
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CERTIFICATE OF MAILING
I certify that I am an employee of the Nevada Commission on Ethics and that on
this day in Carson City, Nevada, I deposited for mailing, via U.S. Postal Service, certified
mail, through the State of Nevada mailroom, a true and correct copy of the foregoing
Order on Jurisdiction and Investigation, addressed as follows:
Devon Reese, Member
City of Reno City Council
1 E 1st Street
P.O. Box 1900
Reno, NV 89505
Cert. Mail No.: 9171 9690 0935 0037 6404 67
Dated: 10/27/21
Employee, Nevada Commission on Ethics

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  • 1. Review Panel Determination Page 1 of 3 STATE OF NEVADA BEFORE THE NEVADA COMMISSION ON ETHICS In re Devon Reese, Member, City Council, City of Reno, State of Nevada, Subject. / Ethics Complaint Case No. 22-104C REVIEW PANEL DETERMINATION NRS 281A.730; NAC 281A.440 The Nevada Commission on Ethics (“Commission”) received this Ethics Complaint (“Complaint”) from a member of the public on September 12, 2022, regarding the alleged conduct of Subject Devon Reese (“Reese”). On October 27, 2022, the Commission Instructed the Executive Director to investigate alleged violations of NRS 281A.400(2), (3) and (9) and NRS 281A.420(1) and (3). Reese is a public officer as defined in NRS 281A.160, and the Commission has jurisdiction over this matter pursuant to NRS 281A.280 because the allegations contained in the Complaint relate to Reese’s conduct as a public officer and have associated implications under the Ethics Law. On March 15, 2023, a Review Panel consisting of Commissioner Teresa Lowry, Esq. (Presiding Officer), Vice-Chair Brian Duffrin and Commissioner Amanda Yen, Esq.,1 considered the following: (1) Ethics Complaint (2) Order on Jurisdiction and Investigation; (3) Reese’s Response to the Complaint; and (4) Executive Director’s Recommendation to the Review Panel with Summary of Investigatory Findings and Relevant Evidentiary Exhibits.2 The Review Panel unanimously finds and concludes that the facts do not establish credible evidence to support a determination that just and sufficient cause exists for the Commission to render an opinion in the matter regarding the alleged violations of NRS 281A.400(2), (3) and (9). However, the Review Panel unanimously finds and concludes that the facts do establish credible evidence to support a determination that just and sufficient cause exists for the Commission to render an opinion in the matter regarding the alleged violations of NRS 281A.420(1) and (3). Nevertheless, pursuant to NRS 281A.730, the Review Panel reasonably believes that Reese’s conduct may be appropriately addressed through corrective action under the terms and conditions of a deferral agreement instead of referring these allegations to the Commission for further 1 After consultation with Commission Counsel, Commissioner Amanda Yen disclosed that the Subject of this complaint and the City of Reno are clients of McDonald Carano (“Firm”). Commissioner Yen is a partner with the Firm and has both a pecuniary interest in her employment and a private commitment to the Firm, as her employer, and its clients under NRS 281A.065. Consequently, the independence of judgment of a reasonable person in Commissioner Yen’s situation could be materially affected in voting upon matters related to this case. In order to avoid any appearance of impropriety and to comply with Nevada’s Ethics in Government Law set forth in NRS Chapter 281A and Rule 2.11 of the Code of Judicial Conduct, Commissioner Yen disclosed her private interests and abstained from participation in this case. 2 All materials provided to the Review Panel, except the Ethics Complaint and the Order on Jurisdiction and Investigation, represent portions of the investigatory file and remain confidential pursuant to NRS 281A.755.
  • 2. Review Panel Determination Page 2 of 3 proceedings at this time. The deferral agreement must confirm Reese’s acknowledgement of the following: • Comply with the Ethics Law for a specified period of two years from the Panel’s approval of the deferral agreement without being the subject of another complaint arising from an alleged violation of the Ethics Law and for which a review panel determines there is just and sufficient cause for the Commission to render an opinion in the matter; • Receive training approved by the Executive Director within 60 days of approval of the deferral agreement; • Develop a disclosure and abstention check process that complies with the requirements of NRS 281A.420 to be used when any issues or clients involving Hutchison & Steffan come before the Reno City Council; and • Submit minutes from all Reno City Council Meetings referencing issues or clients involving Hutchison & Steffan to the Executive Director for the first year of the term of the deferral agreement. Unless an extension of time is authorized or directed by the Commission Counsel on behalf of the Review Panel, the Executive Director and Subject shall provide a proposed deferral agreement to the Review Panel through its Commission Counsel on or before May 15, 2023, which deadline may be extended by the Commission Counsel for good cause. If the Review Panel does not approve the deferral agreement or if the Subject declines to enter into a deferral agreement, the Review Panel will issue an order referring this matter to the Commission for further proceedings. Dated this 15th day of March, 2023. REVIEW PANEL OF THE NEVADA COMMISSION ON ETHICS By: /s/ Teresa Lowry By: ABSTAINED Teresa Lowry Amanda Yen, Esq. Commissioner/Presiding Officer Commissioner By: /s/ Brian Duffrin Brian Duffrin Commissioner
  • 3. Review Panel Determination Page 3 of 3 CERTIFICATE OF MAILING I certify that I am an employee of the Nevada Commission on Ethics and that on this day in Carson City, Nevada, I transmitted a true and correct copy of the foregoing REVIEW PANEL DETERMINATION via U.S. Certified Mail through the Nevada State Mailroom and electronic mail addressed as follows: Ross E. Armstrong, Esq. Executive Director Elizabeth J. Bassett, Esq. Nevada Commission on Ethics 704 W. Nye Lane, Suite 204 Carson City, NV 89703 Devon Reese c/o Jonathan Shipman Assistant City Attorney City of Reno 1 E. First Street, Suite 300 Reno, NV 89501 Email: rarmstrong@ethics.nv.gov Email: ebassett@ethics.nv.gov Email: dreese@hutchlegal.com Email: shipmanj@reno.gov Certified Mail No.: 9171 9690 0935 0037 6407 26 Dated: 3/20/23 Employee, Nevada Commission on Ethics
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  • 69. Order on Jurisdiction and Investigation Page 1 of 3 STATE OF NEVADA BEFORE THE NEVADA COMMISSION ON ETHICS In re Devon Reese, Member, City Council, City of Reno, State of Nevada, Subject. / Ethics Complaint Case No. 22-104C Confidential ORDER ON JURISDICTION AND INVESTIGATION Pursuant to NRS 281A.715 The Nevada Commission on Ethics (“Commission”) received an Ethics Complaint on September 12, 2022, regarding Devon Reese (“Subject”). On October 27, 2022, pursuant to the requirements of the Nevada Ethics in Government Law set forth in NRS Chapter 281A (“Ethics Law”) and NAC 281A.405, the Commission conducted its jurisdictional and evidentiary review of the record, including the Ethics Complaint, supporting evidence, and the recommendation of the Executive Director.1 IT IS HEREBY ORDERED: The Commission directs that the identity of the Requester be maintained as confidential under NRS 281A.750. With regard to the allegations referenced in the Ethics Complaint, the Commission accepts jurisdiction over Subject’s alleged conduct associated with the Reno City Council meeting dated June 8, 2022, and Subject’s attendance at labor negotiations or updates on the collective bargaining agreements, and any related directions to City staff. Accordingly, the Executive Director is directed to investigate and serve a Notice of Complaint and Investigation regarding the Subject’s alleged violations of the following provisions of the Ethics Law: NRS 281A.400(2) Using position in government to secure or grant unwarranted privileges, preferences, exemptions or advantages for himself, any business entity in which he has a significant pecuniary interest, or any person to whom he has a commitment in a private capacity. NRS 281A.400(3) Participating as an agent of government in the negotiation or execution of a contract between the government and himself, any business entity in which he has a significant pecuniary interest or any person to whom, he has a commitment in a private capacity. 1 The following Commissioners participated in this jurisdictional review: Chair Wallin, Vice-Chair Duffrin and Commissioners Gruenewald, Lowry, Oscarson, and Towler. After consultation with Commission Counsel, Commissioner Amanda Yen disclosed that the Subject of this complaint and the City of Reno (“City”) are clients of the law firm of McDonald Carano (“Firm”). Commissioner Yen is a partner with the Firm and has both a pecuniary interest in her employment and a private commitment to the Firm, as her employer, and its clients under NRS 281A.065. Consequently, the independence of judgment of a reasonable person in Commissioner Yen’s situation could be materially affected in voting upon matters related to this case. In order to avoid any appearance of impropriety and comply with Nevada’s Ethics in Government Law set forth in NRS Chapter 281A and Rule 2.11 of the Code of Judicial Conduct, Commissioner Yen is disclosing her private interests and is abstaining from participation in this case.
  • 70. Order on Jurisdiction and Investigation Page 2 of 3 NRS 281A.400(9) Attempting to benefit a personal or pecuniary interest of any person to whom he has a commitment in a private capacity through the influence of a subordinate. NRS 281A.420(3) Failing to abstain from acting on an official matter which is materially affected by the acceptance of a gift or loan, pecuniary interest, or commitment in a private capacity to the interest of another person. Separately, pursuant to NAC 281A.415, the Executive Director is directed to include and serve a Notice of Additional Issues and Facts as part of the Notice of Complaint and Investigation regarding the following violation for Subject’s conduct associated with considering and participating on the various collective bargaining agreements at the June 8, 2022, Reno City Council meeting and alleged attendance at labor negotiations or updates on the collective bargaining agreements, and any related directions to City staff: NRS 281A.420(1) Failing to sufficiently disclose his acceptance of a gift or loan, pecuniary interest, commitment in a private capacity to the interest of another person or the nature of any representation or counseling provided to a private person for compensation before another agency in the preceding year that is reasonably affected by an official matter. DATED this 27th day of October 2022. NEVADA COMMISSION ON ETHICS /s/ Kim Wallin Kim Wallin, CPA, CMA, CFM Commission Chair
  • 71. Order on Jurisdiction and Investigation Page 3 of 3 CERTIFICATE OF MAILING I certify that I am an employee of the Nevada Commission on Ethics and that on this day in Carson City, Nevada, I deposited for mailing, via U.S. Postal Service, certified mail, through the State of Nevada mailroom, a true and correct copy of the foregoing Order on Jurisdiction and Investigation, addressed as follows: Devon Reese, Member City of Reno City Council 1 E 1st Street P.O. Box 1900 Reno, NV 89505 Cert. Mail No.: 9171 9690 0935 0037 6404 67 Dated: 10/27/21 Employee, Nevada Commission on Ethics