Thom Reilly

Thom Reilly is Managing Principal and Founder of The Reilly Group, a management consulting firm founded December 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dr. Reilly is also the Director of the Morrison Institute for Public Policy, a nonpartisan think tank that provides data, analysis and recommendations on key issues facing the state of Arizona and southwestern United States; and a Professor in the School of Public Affairs at Arizona State University.

Reilly served as the County Manager and CEO for Clark County, Nevada for five years providing the executive oversight for both regional and municipal-type services for more than 1.8 million residents and 44 million tourists per year. As Clark County’s chief executive officer, he was responsible for the fiscal management responsibilities of the County’s $5.8 billion budget and administrative oversight to close to 12,000 employees.

Dr. Reilly has held senior administrative position in the Nevada System of Higher Education serving as Vice-Chancellor of the Health Sciences System and with the State of Nevada, overseeing income maintenance programs and the statewide child welfare system. He served as Director of Clark County Administrative Services, is the former vice president of social responsibility for Caesars Entertainment, Inc. (a Fortune 500 company) and was a former Director and Professor for the School of Social Work at San Diego State University.

Reilly is active in several boards serving on the Board of Directors for Clean The World, an international NGO committed to reducing the waste created by discarded soap and shampoo products and preventing the millions of deaths caused by hygiene-related illnesses around the world; and on the Advisory Councils for the Stanford Center on Longevity, and the Prince’s Initiative for Mature Enterprises (PRIME) which is focused on securing employment for those over 50 in the UK. Under The Reilly Group, Thom serves as Executive Director of the Caesars Foundation, a nonprofit operating internationally and strategic focus on the elderly. He currently serves on the editorial board for the academic journal Administration in Social Work and recently completed a seven-year term on the editorial board for Public Administration Review.

Dr. Reilly has authored numerous published works and his recent books, Rethinking Public Sector Compensation: What Ever Happened To The Public Interest?, (published by M.E. Sharpe, Inc.) was released in Summer 2012. His edited volume, Pensions: Policies, New Reforms and Current Challenges was released in 2014 that looks at pensions from a global perspective. In October 2005, Reilly was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA). Chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1967, the Academy is the preeminent independent and non-partisan organization for public governance.


Steve Smith

Steve SmithSteve Smith, a principal of the Reilly Group, served as the Fire Chief of the Clark County Fire Department, the largest fire department in the Nevada, from 2005-2010. His responsibilities also included managing the Department’s $187 million budget and providing administrative oversight of 680 career firefighters and support staff. He collaborated with other area fire and law enforcement agencies to ensure the highest level of public safety was maintained for southern Nevada communities.

Steve recognized the need to work with the private sector to ensure that the increased service demand caused by new development could be met through public and private partnerships. To this end, the Department negotiated development agreements with MGM-City Center, Wynn Resorts, Las Vegas Sands and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. These agreements provided funding for fire station stations, fire apparatus and personnel.

With the collapse of both the global and local economy in 2008, and the resulting declines in local tax revenues, Steve developed a budget reduction plan to more closely align expenditures with the decreased revenues. The plan was designed to reduce costs while minimizing the impacts to emergency response times. This plan also relied on partnerships with other stakeholders. To reduce duplication of service and enhance efficiencies, he devised and implemented a shared services plan between local fire agencies which provides limited specialized service responses to maintain frontline emergency services throughout the community. This was accomplished through coordination with other Las Vegas Valley and Arizona fire departments.


Brandon Cunningham

Brandon CunninghamBrandon Cunningham is a principal of the Reilly Group who conducts organizational assessments, departmental reviews, and strategic planning to provide municipalities and agencies with objective observations and recommendations. Focus is on carefully gathering feedback from key stakeholders and their unique situations, and then applying critical analysis coupled with creative problem solving in order to offer sound recommendations for increased efficiency and effectiveness.

Brandon worked for the Clark County Manager’s Office in Las Vegas as well as the Department of Air Quality and Environmental Management for ten years. In addition to managing several small to medium unincorporated municipalities for Clark County, he served as the city manager to a resort community in the Great Lakes region. Brandon has managed a multitude of complex projects and facilitated numerous end-user focus groups and technical process mapping workshops. Brandon’s private sector experience includes founding several high tech startups and working as a portfolio manager for Wall Street-based proprietary trading firms.

Brandon has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Montana and a Political Philosophy degree from the University of Wisconsin. He also holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) credential and SEC Series 7 and 67 financial licenses.


Bill Kirchhoff

Bill KirchhoffWilliam “Bill” Kirchhoff, a Reilly Group principal, served as a city manager for twenty-seven consecutive years prior to his career as a public sector consultant. Mr. Kirchhoff has managed five cities, ranging in population from 15,000 to 300,000 in four different states. The CATO Institute recognized the city he managed in the 1980’s as the most efficiently managed large city of that decade. Mr. Kirchhoff has served on the Government Accounting Standards Advisory Board and was the subject of a Harvard University case study about fiscal constraints and budget retrenchment.

Mr. Kirchhoff has served on the public administration graduate school faculties at the University of Southern California, California State University at Long Beach, the University of Colorado and the University of Texas as an adjunct professor. He is a recognized authority in the fields of public finance and leadership and has written numerous books, including Conflict Management: Lessons Learned from the Art of War; Command Performance; How Bright Is Your Badge? and The Job Hunting Executive.

Mr. Kirchhoff has been active in the management of law enforcement agencies and has served as a lecturer for the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Northwestern University Traffic Institute and the Police Executive Research Forum. He served three terms as a commissioner for the Commission of Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, was a member of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Resource Board, and is the recipient of the International City/County Management Association’s Public Safety Award for his Safer Cities Project.

As a consultant Mr. Kirchhoff has assisted many public agencies to solve complex operational problems. Mr. Kirchhoff’s international consulting experience has been with the International Association of City Management’s projects in the cities of San Salvador, El Salvador; and Mexico’s cities of Leon, Mexico City, Zacatacas and Juarez.


Cindi Kirchhoff

Reilly Group Principal, Cindi Kirchhoff holds a degree in the College of Architecture from Texas Tech University. She completed her master’s work in Planning and Urban Design at the University of Colorado.

Ms. Kirchhoff has more than 25 years of experience as a municipal consultant, local government manager and, private development consultant. She has experience as a member of project consulting teams for a wide range of assignments involving the analysis of the structure, operations and services provided by cities and other local agencies.

As a professional urban planner and private development consultant Ms. Kirchhoff used that experience in analyzing local agency operations related to development services. She is also experienced in governmental structure and the analysis of local agency consolidations.

Ms. Kirchhoff worked as the designer and project director for the Targeted Area Planning Program for the City of Fort Worth Texas. Her efforts leading this project led to the receipt of the Neighborhood of the Year Award in 1987. She also worked as the planning and construction manager for Piper Glen, a privately owned Planned Development in Charlotte, North Carolina which consisted of an Arnold Palmer designed PGA Golf Course, a regional commercial mall, and high end housing. Ms. Kirchhoff also worked for the City of Lakewood, Colorado as a Planner and Economic Development Director.

As a consultant Ms. Kirchhoff has served as the project manager for many major public and private management and operations analysis related to solid waste operations, utility district consolidation, building and development reengineering, airport administration, parks and recreation design, convention and events management, public health inspectional activities, environmental health administration and public works reorganizations.


Judi Brown

Judi BrownJudi Brown is a social impact strategist with over a decade of experience working with a diverse portfolio of public, private and nonprofit organizations. Her practical knowledge spans nonprofit management; community relations; corporate philanthropy; strategic planning; program evaluation; research/analysis and international sustainable development. Her role with The Reilly Group includes managing Caesars Foundation where she oversees its day-to-day operations and works with organizations to develop successful proposals that fit within the foundation’s philanthropic vision. In addition, Judi helps conduct department reviews and facilitates strategic planning sessions with local governments, as well as develops policies and Best Practices for private foundations.

Judi also serves on the Board of Directors for Zawadisha, an NGO working to foster longterm financial, social and environmental resiliency with women entrepreneurs in Kenya. She also recently joined the Board of OUT for Sustainability, an organization working to activate LGBTQ communities around social and environmental action.

Judi holds a Master’s of Public Administration (MPA) in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco, CA. She is also an alum of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where she obtained a Dual BA in International Relations and Feminist Theory.