Michael Naft, a top aide for U.S. Rep. Dina Titus, has been appointed to fill Gov. Steve Sisolak’s seat on the Clark County Commission, the governor announced Tuesday.
“Michael has an incredible record of public service and dedication to Southern Nevada and will be a committed representative for Clark County families,” Sisolak said in a statement. “I know he will serve his community well and I am proud to appoint him to the Commission.”
Naft will represent District A on the seven-member body, replacing Sisolak, who departed from the commission at the end of last year after winning the gubernatorial election. Sisolak had represented the district since 2009.
A 25-year resident of Clark County, Naft will be sworn in to office 9 a.m. Wednesday before the start of the commission’s zoning meeting, county spokesman Erik Pappa said.
“I look forward to continuing the results-driven leadership that (Sisolak) provided during his remarkable 10 years as County Commissioner,” Naft said in a statement, adding that he is “extremely grateful” to Titus for providing him an opportunity to work with constituents.
Naft served as the district director for Titus, a Democrat in Nevada’s 1st congressional district, since January 2013, according to his LinkedIn page, which also shows he was a finance director for the congresswoman.
The district is located in Las Vegas, extending from McCarran International Airport, along the Strip, through the arts district and to downtown.
Naft could not be immediately reached for comment.
While working for Titus, Naft oversaw outreach and constituent services for more than 700,000 Nevadans, Pappa said, with a focus on streamlining access to federal programs, advocating for improved roadways and pedestrian safety, and increased travel and tourism to the region.
“Mr. Naft has been a trusted advisor and skilled leader in my Las Vegas office for many years,” Titus said in a statement. “While we will miss him dearly, I cannot think of a better person to serve the people of District A and the state of Nevada.”
Naft attended Las Vegas Academy of the Arts and UNLV and serves on boards for the Anti-Defamation League and Temple Beth Sholom-Las Vegas. He lives in Henderson with his wife.
In his statement, Sisolak offered a thank you to Titus “for parting with such an incredible member of her team.”
“Her office’s loss is Clark County’s gain,” he said, “and I know I am leaving my old seat in the most capable hands.”
It was not immediately clear how many candidates applied to fill the remaining two years of Sisolak’s term to the powerful legislative body. He won re-election to the Commission in 2016 and his term ends in 2020.