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December 22, 2014

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Henderson council approves giving Josh Reid $190,000 a year as city attorney

Josh Reid

Josh Reid

Josh Reid’s $190,000 city attorney contract with the city of Henderson was approved Tuesday night in a 4-0 decision.

Councilwoman Kathleen Vermillion, who has resigned from the council, abstained from the vote on the salary for Reid, who is the fourth of U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's five children.

Although one Henderson resident spoke against Reid's $190,000 salary, saying it was too high and not in the city’s best interest, city human resources director Fred Horvath said Reid will be one of the lowest paid city attorneys in Southern Nevada.

The pay range for the job is $127,000 to $199,000 a year, not including benefits.

Reid was appointed as the new city attorney Nov. 29 by a unanimous council vote with the exception of Vermillion abstaining.

In the renewable, three-year contract, the city agrees to pay Reid $1,000 a month for three months for health insurance from his former employer until he qualifies for coverage through the city’s plan.

Under terms of the contract, if Reid is terminated for cause, he is entitled to all compensation, including accrued annual and sick pay.

If terminated without cause, he would not only receive accrued sick leave, banked holidays and annual leave but a severance package. The package includes a lump sum equal to 12 months’ salary and payment for the cost of nine months’ health insurance.

Councilman Sam Bateman said he was concerned with inflation in salaries that might cause problems for the city but that he believed Reid’s contract was fair.

Reid replaced former city attorney Elizabeth Quillin, who resigned in August after a DUI arrest.

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