Manuel Linares was Recognized by the Tonopah Town Board at the January 25, 2023 Board Meeting for his 15 Years of Dedicated Service to the Town of Tonopah.

He has been employed by the Town longer than anyone currently employed.
August 17, 2022 – 12:38 pm

Charles “Chad” Cobb has been announced as the new athletic director of Tonopah High School starting this fall.

“The school contacted me about the position. Being the resource officer, they thought this would be a good fill-in for me to do,” Cobb said. “I didn’t want to see the program go downhill or lose any momentum that he [Steve Stringer] had started. They were really good about it, it was an exciting adventure.

Chad has been a resident of Tonopah going back to his elementary school days when he and his family first moved to the town.

Cobb was a three-sport athlete at Tonopah High School, participating in football, wrestling and baseball.

Following graduation, Cobb enlisted in the military and served in the U.S. Coast Guard for five years.

He left the military to pursue a career with the sheriff’s office in Tonopah, where his dad was working at the time.

Cobb will be taking over for Steven Stringer, who had been the school’s athletic director since 2015, but left the position following the 2021-22 school year.

Chad currently has two kids at Tonopah High School. His daughter, Kaya, is a junior and a member of the school’s wrestling team, while his son, Remington, is a freshman at THS and is playing football for head coach Duffy Otteson.

“I feel like the town was a little bit more busy when I was a kid here. But the whole small-town atmosphere is still the same. I’m actually pretty excited to have my kids grow up where I did.”

By the end of his first year, Cobb is hoping to increase the participation from the town residents at the school’s events. He did mention that the town is very supportive of the school and the students, but he added that he would like to increase the crowds that attend games.

Press release
Tonopah, NV – August 26, 2021


The Town of Tonopah is excited to announce that long-time employee Joe Westerlund was promoted to Town Manager by the Tonopah Town Board at their meeting held August 25, 2021.


Westerlund has spent most of his life in Tonopah and is a proud graduate of Tonopah High School. He started his career at the Tonopah Test Site and began working for the Town of Tonopah in 2010. Westerlund and his wife Lisa own a successful small business in Tonopah, M & K Enterprise. Westerlund has worked as Utility Manager for Tonopah Public Utilities (TPU) for the past six years, sharing the Acting Town Manager responsibilities with Administrative Manager Chris Mulkerns. Mulkerns recently left her position to move back to her home State of Michigan.

Westerlund was a Tonopah High School basketball coach, as well as a dedicated member of the Rotary Club of Tonopah. Westerlund served as president of the club for many years. Westerlund also actively participated in organizing the annual Jim Butler Days celebrations and was the host of the Nevada State Pro Armwrestling Tournament.

Westerlund believes that his staff makes a great team. The Town of Tonopah and Tonopah Public Utilities only have fourteen full-time employees but operate and maintain the Town and TPU offices, Tonopah Convention Center, Tonopah Historic Mining Park, Tonopah Fairgrounds and Arena, Tonopah Memorial Swimming Pool, Joe Friel Sports Complex, all Town parks, as well as the water and sewer utilities. Westerlund plans to continue improving his hometown and the quality of life in Tonopah by continuing developments such as water and sewer upgrades, park additions such as a basketball court at Jim Butler Park, parking lot improvements at the downtown plaza and Convention Center, and many others. He hopes to continue Tonopah’s economic growth by expanding Tonopah’s tourism programs, increasing Convention Center reservations, and working with the Tonopah Main Street program.


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