Councilman Ricki Y. Barlow
Ricki Y. Barlow was sworn into office on June 20, 2007, as the Las Vegas City Council representative for Ward 5.
Councilman Barlow began his interest in government at an early age, serving as student body president at Vocational-Technical High School and continuing on to the University of Nevada Las Vegas where he earned a Political Science degree. His career in public service began when he joined the office of then-U.S. Senator Richard Bryan as a legislative aide in Washington, D.C. Upon returning to Las Vegas, his public service career continued when he joined the city of Las Vegas Mayor and Council Office as a liaison. Upon his election, he earned an Executive Management Graduate Certificate from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and his Masters of Public Administration degree at UNLV.
His commitment to the community has been recognized by his peers with numerous awards and accolades for his service including the Community Partners “Portrait of Pride” Award, Nevada Library Association Trustee of the Year and Clark County School District PAL Program Supervisor of the Year. In October 2010, he received the Distinguished Leadership – Elected Official award, a DeBoer Award for Excellence in Planning from the Nevada Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA). In 2011, he was selected for the Western Association of Educational Opportunity Personnel (WESTOP) Achievers Award for his continued commitment to influence youth to pursue higher education, and he also was appointed to be spokesperson for Colors of Lupus Nevada.
He currently serves the city by sitting on numerous boards and commissions including the California-Nevada Super Speed Ground Transportation Commission, the city of Las Vegas Recommending Committee, the National League of Cities – Community Economic Development Board, the city of Las Vegas Management Committee for Emergency Operations, KIDS Vote, the Southern Nevada Gang Task Force, the Post Office Executive Committee and the National Association of Real Estate Brokers and is an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Councilman Barlow has taken pride in overseeing the transformation of the city’s Cultural Corridor, which includes the Neon Museum, and Symphony Park, a part of Ward 5 that is home to the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, the Smith Center for the Performing Arts and the Discovery Children’s Museum.
Preserving the history of Historic West Las Vegas is also one of the councilman’s top priorities and projects such as the restoration of the Westside School continue to move forward under the councilman’s stewardship. The councilman has also been instrumental in bringing new businesses and jobs to Ward 5 as well as important public works projects like the reconstruction of the most beautiful Martin L. King Boulevard in the nation.
Councilman Barlow enjoys spending quality time with his wife and three children and is actively involved with his church. He has become an avid bike rider, due in part to his work with the Bikes Belong coalition.
If you have concerns or comments about Ward 5 or the city of Las Vegas, please contact the councilman by e-mail or at (702) 229-5443. The councilman welcomes your input.