81°F
weather icon Clear

North Las Vegas appoints Juden as city manager

Ryann Juden, a longtime friend and associate of North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee, was appointed Wednesday night as city manager, three months after a dispute with his predecessor got him fired, rehired and promoted to the role temporarily.

The North Las Vegas City Council opted out of conducting a wider search for a permanent city manager and unanimously selected Juden, who has a resume light on municipal administration other than serving as assistant city manager for more than two years.

He will earn $220,000 annually under a two-year contract to oversee the day-to-day operations of Nevada’s fourth-most populous city.

“We’re going to continue working hard to turn the corner in North Las Vegas,” Juden said. “We have a great team, so I’m excited about the internal and external support that I’m getting.”

Juden was named interim city manager in January following a dispute with his predecessor, Qiong Liu. The City Council voted Feb. 7 to fire Liu “for cause” rather than allowing her to resign amid allegations that the former city manager attempted to give herself a $30,000 retroactive raise.

Last month, the council agreed to go into arbitration with Liu to discuss the circumstances of her firing and whether she is entitled to receive a severance package on top of the $300,000 that she cashed out in accrued vacation, holiday and sick pay.

A North Las Vegas planning commissioner spoke in favor of Juden’s appointment on Wednesday, along with a citizens’ advisory committee member, a representative for several landowners at Apex Industrial Park and officials from the labor unions covering city employees and police officers.

Juden’s career path took some unusual turns leading him to the role of city manager, when compared with those in similar roles who traditionally spend years — sometimes decades — working their way up the municipal ladder.

After receiving a law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law, Juden worked as a research associate for a law firm. Juden does not belong to any state bar associations and has not disclosed if he ever took the bar exam to become a lawyer.

Juden said he met Lee through the Mormon church shortly after moving to Southern Nevada in 2005. He later worked as a policy consultant for several lawmakers including Lee, who served 14 years in the Legislature.

Juden went on to work for Lee’s mayoral campaign in 2013. Juden was named chief of staff shortly after Lee took office and was appointed in 2015 as assistant city manager.

Councilman Isaac Barron said he didn’t see a need to seek applicants for the city manager job because the council has been “test driving” Juden for months.

“Maybe he’s got a long way to go still; I don’t know,” Barron said. “But I think we’re moving in the right direction with a person who shows that he has vision, that he has a different style that seems to be meshing well with the city leaders of the city here, and I would be very much in favor of making this permanent.”

Contact Art Marroquin at amarroquin@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0336. Find @AMarroquin_LV on Twitter.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
Politics Videos
Media's Double Standard On Incitement And Trump - Video
Over the weekend, an Elizabeth Warren-supporting socialist who opposed gun violence used a rifle to commit a mass murder in Dayton, Ohio. The media has downplayed that aspect of the tragedy.
Project Our Care Tour Kicks Off In Las Vegas
U.S. Rep. Dina Titus joined health care advocates and local residents as part of Protect Our Care’s nationwide bus tour kick off in Las Vegas on Monday, August 5, 2019. (Mat Luschek / Review-Journal)
Bernie Sanders talks about guns, response to El Paso shooting
Sen. Bernie Sanders spoke about his response and continued policy ideas about guns and gun control to the Review-Journal after a panel of other topics. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Pete Buttigieg On Gun Control And Climate Change - Video
Pete Buttigieg talks about his campaign for the 2020 election and how Nevada is a vision of what the future can be.
Beto O'Rourke speaks in Las Vegas
Presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke spoke to supporters at the East Las Vegas Community Center in Las Vegas, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2019. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Former Nevada Senate leader Kelvin Atkinson sentenced to prison
Former Nevada Senate Majority Leader Kelvin Atkinson, who pleaded guilty to misusing campaign funds, was sentenced to 27 months in prison on Thursday, July 18, 2019. (Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Trumps Strength is also a Weakness - Video
One of Donald Trump’s greatest strengths — his ability to shape national narratives — is also a great weakness.
Tax the Rich Bus Tour makes a stop in Las Vegas - Video
The Tax the Rich Bus has stopped in Las Vegas as part of its summer tour. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Assemblywoman Daniele Monroe-Moreno hosts BBQ - Video
Assembly Woman Daniele Monroe-Moreno hosts BBQ to bring the community together to hear about the candidates up for election and for people to gather and have fun.
Democrat Virtual Caucus - Video
Elizabeth Warren visits Las Vegas
Senator Elizabeth Warren made a campaign stop at the East Las Vegas Community Center on Tuesday July 2, 2019. (Mat Luschek / Review-Journal)
Aaron Ford Speaks About Bill AB431
AB431 is a bill sponsored by Nevada Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson to restore the right to vote for formerly incarcerated individuals. Attorney General Aaron Ford spoke at the AM&E Church in North Las Vegas about the bill, on Monday, July 1, 2019. (Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
The Right Take: Biden's Racially Questionable Comments
Joe Biden has uttered racially charged statements for years. Now that he’s the frontrunner for the Democrat presidential nomination, he may finally face prolonged scrutiny for them.
Christopher Rufo Discusses Homelessness In The USA - VIDEO
Christopher Rufo discusses homelessness in the United States and how politicians can work to improve conditions for those with drug addictions.
Clark County 2019 Election Results - Video
The 2019 Elections wrap up in Clark County including an upset in the Boulder City Mayor race.
Olivia Diaz talks about her win in Ward 3 - VIDEO
Las Vegas City Councilwoman-elect Olivia Diaz talks about her election win in Ward 3 and what lies ahead for her.
Greene discusses Read by 3 and Opportunity Scholarships - VIDEO
The Nevada Legislative Session is over and the results are mixed for Nevada students, according to Tom Greene, Senior regional legislative director, Excel in Ed in Action.
Bernie Sanders visits Las Vegas
Sen. Bernie Sanders made a stop at Roy W. Martin middle school on Thursday, during his campaign trail.
THE LATEST