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December 22, 2014

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Henderson City attorney takes buyout

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Shauna Hughes

Henderson City Attorney Shauna Hughes has opted to take the buyout the city offered to veteran employees earlier this year and plans to retire next month.

The Henderson City Council is expected to appoint Deputy City Attorney Elizabeth Quillin as Hughes' successor at its meeting Tuesday night.

Hughes is the second department head in Henderson to take the buyout, joining Finance Director Steve Hanson. The city completed the buyouts in March, with 66 employees accepting and saving the city an estimated $15 million over the next five years.

The City Council has since authorized and is in the midst of a second round of buyouts.

Hughes was appointed as Henderson City Attorney in 1983 and has received several recognitions during her 26-year tenure.

In 2008, she was honored with the State Bar of Nevada Public Lawyers Section's James M. Bartley Distinguished Public Lawyer Award, and the Clark County Bar Association gave her the 2008 Liberty Bell Award.

"How do you truly quantify more than two decades of dedicated service to the City of Henderson? Shauna has been a key player in leading Henderson, Nevada into the national spotlight and transforming this community," Henderson spokeswoman Cindy Herman said. "Her passion and devotion to the organization will be greatly missed."

Neither Hughes nor Quillin could be reached for comment. Herman said Quillin's appointment will make for a smooth transition.

"We are fortunate to be able to transition from one incredibly talented professional to another," she said. "Liz brings to the organization a wealth of experience and legal expertise. The transition will be seamless as Liz assumes her role as Henderson City Attorney."

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