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April 26, 2015

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Henderson city manager announces he’ll retire in May

Henderson City Manager Mark Calhoun announced Monday in an email to staff that he will retire in May after 29 years working for the city.

News of Calhoun’s impending retirement was first reported Monday morning by Las Vegas Sun columnist Jon Ralston, and in the email to staff, Calhoun cited “rumors in the media” as the reason for the timing of his announcement.

“It has been no secret that I have been considering retirement for some time, and, in fact, I have been having discussions internally since December regarding the timing of my departure,” Calhoun said in the email. “It is time for me to embark on the next chapter of my life, and I will not be seeking the renewal of my contract, which expires in May.”

Calhoun was appointed by the City Council as city manager in 2009 after eight years serving as assistant city manager. He replaced Mary Kay Peck, who was fired. Peck ended up agreeing to a $1.28 million settlement with the city in 2011 after she filed a suit alleging she was wrongfully terminated.

City spokesman Bud Cranor said the council would begin discussing how to select Calhoun's replacement soon. Options could include hiring an internal candidate or conducting a local or national search, Cranor said.

Calhoun was hired by Henderson in 1983 as a city engineer and later served as public works director and assistant city manager. As city manager, Calhoun receives an annual salary of $225,000.

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  1. According to a story by J. Patrick Coolican the other day ( ) This is the person in part responsible for the Henderson City Council not knowing the full details (if any) of the Greene kicking incident. Coolican quotes the Henderson City Charter as saying this:

    "Except for the purpose of inquiry, the Council and its members shall deal with the administrative service solely through the City Manager, and neither the Council nor any member thereof shall give orders to any subordinate of the City Manager, either publicly or privately." - Henderson City Charter

    Coolican's story raises serious concerns about how the office of City Manager should function and what qualifications Mr. Calhoun's replacement should have.