John Slaughter

John Slaughter

Senior Consultant

Based in Texas, Mr. Slaughter, Senior Consultant, is available to lead and conduct recruitments throughout the Southwestern Region and nationally, as needed. Mr. Slaughter brings 33 years of local government experience to Ralph Andersen & Associates, most recently serving as County Manager of Nevada’s second most populous county where he was responsible for oversight of the county’s $634 million budget, providing the full range of county, municipal, regional, and inter-county services through 24 departments and 2,700 employees. Mr. Slaughter had direct responsibility for county finances, human resources, information technology, public works, community development, and parks, as well as coordinating with elected and commission appointed department heads responsible for criminal justice, public health, fire protection, and other aspects of county services. Mr. Slaughter recruited and hired department directors in all areas of county government and is recognized for his ability to recruit, develop, and retain high performing teams.

During his tenure in county government, Mr. Slaughter facilitated countywide information technology planning projects, jail overcrowding studies, fire protection studies, emergency medical services studies, studies of flexible staff scheduling, employee award programs, and team building. He has provided direct oversight and project vision to several programs recognized by the National Association of Counties in strategic planning, land use planning, elected official orientation, employee engagement and recognition, and organizational effectiveness.

Mr. Slaughter has extensive experience working with elected officials at all levels of government, including serving 12 years as the county’s liaison at the Nevada Legislature, where he coordinated legislative affairs activities and provided expert testimony to numerous legislative committees and commissions.

Mr. Slaughter holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology and Anthropology from Emporia State University, and a Master of Urban Planning degree from the University of Kansas. He has also received the Continuing Education Certificate in Public Management from the University of Nevada, Reno. He is a member of the American Planning Association (APA), the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), and the International City/County Management Association. Additionally, Mr. Slaughter has maintained his AICP Certification throughout his public service career and has been extensively involved in economic development projects of significant size and complexity as well as major capital projects.