It was a chance to shake up the Henderson City Council.
Three finalists emerged from a field of nine candidates for the Ward 2 seat, which became available after Debra March was elected mayor.
The candidates included a Las Vegas deputy city manager and a Henderson Chamber of Commerce manager, but one name shot to the top: Dan Shaw, an investor whose background includes decades of public service, financial woes and personal relationships with council members.
“Councilman Shaw brings a deep pool of skills from his private-sector experience and the local boards and commissions that he’s served on over the years, and his appointment added that important expertise to the makeup of the Henderson City Council,” March told the Review-Journal.
Political consultant Lisa Mayo-DeRiso, who has been outspoken about the city’s process, March, Marz and Stewart also got their foothold on the council by being appointed — predicted Shaw would be the pick.
“There aren’t even six degrees of separation between them,” she said. “It’s not the way government is supposed to be. It’s supposed to be a clear representation of the people.”
Shaw, 68, will serve out the rest of March’s term, which would have ended in June 2019.
“I feel that the time is right for Henderson to take an aggressive approach on economic development,” he said. “My background, experience and institutional knowledge provides proven leadership.”
Chuckles and moans emerged from the audience as council members disclosed their ties with Shaw during the June 20 meeting in which he was appointed.
Shaw, president and CEO of Rustler Investments, spent 13 years on the Henderson Planning Commission and a dozen years on the city’s parks and recreation board.
“I have been living in this town a long time and have served on several boards and commissions and have many friends,” Shaw said. “I consider and call the current mayor and council members both colleagues and…