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Henderson official on leave after drunken driving arrest

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Fred Horvath, Henderson’s director of human resources, goes over the terms of the contract for new city manager Jacob Snow at a City Council meeting at City Hall in downtown Henderson on Tuesday, March 20, 2012.

Police arrested Henderson Assistant City Manager Fred Horvath today on charges of drunken driving.

Authorities booked Horvath, 58, at the Henderson Detention Center around 3 p.m. on suspicion of driving under the influence. He has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of a police investigation, Henderson spokeswoman Kathleen Richards said.

Horvath was not on the clock when he was arrested. Henderson city employees don’t work on Fridays.

Horvath joined the city in 2005 and has climbed the ranks to the No. 2 position. He handles contract negotiations for the city’s public employees among other responsibilities. His salary is $173,662 per year, according to Transparent Nevada.

This isn’t the first time that a Henderson executive has been arrested for drunken driving.

Former Henderson City Attorney Elizabeth Quillen was charged with drunken driving in 2011 after admitting to drinking “bottles of wine” on a workday. She hit trees, damaged fire hydrants and side-swiped cars before police apprehended her. After her arrest, she resigned from her post and accepted a $99,500 severance package.

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