LAS VEGAS REVIEW JOURNAL
LAS VEGAS SUN
LAS VEGAS WEEKLY
LAURA B. FITZPATRICK, CURRENT CLARK COUNTY TREASURER
FORMER STATE SEN. DAVID PARKS
Experience that works
J. Ken Diaz was appointed Assistant County Treasurer in September 2018 by Laura B. Fitzpatrick, Clark County Treasurer. He began his career with Clark County in 2004 working in the Budget Department and then Internal Audit. In 2016, he accepted the Manager of Treasury Services position in the Treasurer’s Office.
Ken is nearly a native of Las Vegas attending Cashman Jr. High and graduating from Ed W. Clark High School. He is a proud United States Veteran having served his tour locally at Nellis Air Force Base. He also attained both his Bachelor of Science Degree and Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Ken is a CPA and has many years of high-level experience in the areas of accounting and auditing. Before beginning his career at Clark County, he worked in the Las Vegas office of Deloitte & Touche and was an Accounting Manager with Nevada Power Company.
Ken is also a certified fraud examiner (CFE). His professional affiliations include
Nevada State Board of Accountancy, Nevada County Fiscal Officers Association (CFOA), Government Investment Officers Association (GIOA), and he was a multiple-term board member of the Las Vegas Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (LV-ACFE).
Since joining the Treasurer’s Office in 2016, we’ve made numerous positive improvements. We introduced Image Cash Letter (ICL) which increased efficiencies and internal controls over our check payment processing efforts. Since being appointed Assistant County Treasurer in 2018, we’ve added web and kiosk property tax payment services providing taxpayers other options to pay real property taxes which especially helped during Covid when everything shut down. We’ve also helped other County departments implement web payment platforms. In addition to requesting duplicate bills through a customer service representative or through our Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system, customers can now request duplicate bills online. Furthermore, I’ve re-negotiated various County Treasurer contracts resulting in hundreds of thousands of dollars in savings for Clark County.
Currently, we are in the process of updating our 20-year-old property tax system with the intent of providing increased operational efficiencies/customer service options and more robust reporting. We are also working on a feature to allow customers to print tax billing information from home. In addition, we plan to introduce kiosk payment services in some of Clark County’s outlying areas. Furthermore, we’re looking at re-negotiating other Treasurer contracts to help increase savings for the department as well as other County departments.