Betsy Fretwell, a deputy city manager for the city of Las Vegas, has been tapped to take the place of outgoing City Manager Doug Selby.
Her appointment was approved by the City Council today and takes effect Jan. 23.
Selby announced recently that he's leaving the post he held for six years to pursue other opportunities. Fretwell will be taking the reins at a time when Las Vegas is struggling with budget shortfalls and slow growth.
"We've got tough times ahead of us," she said. "But I think we're ready for it ... I know that we're going to do great things together."
Councilman Steve Wolfson said Fretwell also has her work cut out for her in following Selby.
"You've got some pretty big shoes to fill," he said. "We probably consider this the most important appointment that we make. I'm very happy."
Prior to working for the city of Las Vegas, Fretwell held posts with the city of Henderson and Clark County.
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