About Us


Board of Trustees | Manager & Staff | Budget


nevada cemetery boardThe Nevada Cemetery District is an independent special district charged with providing respectful and cost-effective interment services appropriate for the diversity of local conditions and circumstances. It is responsible for the improvement, expansion and operation of public cemeteries in Western Nevada County, including historic cemeteries established by fraternal, pioneer, religious, social and other organizations.

The Health and Safety Code of the State of California regulates the Nevada Cemetery District. The District is governed by a five-member Board of Trustees that is appointed by the Board of Supervisors of Nevada County. The control of the grounds of all District cemeteries is vested solely in the Board of Trustees. The day-to-day operation of the District and the cemeteries is conducted by a District Manager and the Staff.

The Nevada Cemetery District is funded by a combination of property taxes, sales of interment rights, and service charges and fees.


Board of Trustees


Meets the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 5:30 p.m.

Gene Albaugh Community Room, Madelyn Helling Library
980 Helling Way, Nevada City, CA 95959

The public is invited to attend and there is a public comment period at the beginning of every meeting. Agendas for the meetings and minutes of past meetings are available in the Meetings section of this website. Annual budgets and monthly expenditure and revenue reports are available upon request. The members of the Board of Trustees of the Nevada Cemetery District are appointed by the Board of Supervisors of Nevada County.


Current Board of Trustees


Dennis Cassella, Chair

Dennis Cassella, Chair
(Term: 7/1/2012 to 7/1/2016)


Gerald Bushore, Vice-Chair

Gerald Bushore, Vice-Chair 
(Term: 7/1/2014 to 7/1/ 2018)


Alan Archer
Alan Archer

Alan Archer 
(Term: July 1/2013 to July 1, 2016  completing a partial term)


Michael Hurst
Michael Hurst

Michael Hurst
(Term: July 1, 2014-July 1,  2018)


Sushila Mertens

Sushila Mertens  
(November 18, 2014 to July 1, 2016  completing a partial term)


Operations Manager


Matthew Melugin, Operations Manager

Matthew Melugin
Operations Manager


Staff Members


  • Kristine Hodkins
  • Arthur Scott Thomas


Budget