The Henderson mayor’s attorney has been granted more time to defend the city official’s standing in office.
Mayor Andy Hafen now has until July 8 to respond to the Nevada Supreme Court’s request for more information in a term-limit case seeking his removal that was filed by a former candidate.
Hafen’s attorney, Todd L. Bice, requested and was granted the 10-day extension Friday because the attorney had “other matters that needed to be dealt with on a shorter time frame,” Bice said Monday.
The extension came the calendar day before Hafen, state Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto and Secretary of State Ross Miller were scheduled to respond to a late May filing. Former mayoral candidate Rick Workman filed the challenge May 21 after Cortez Masto and Miller declined to consider removing Hafen from office following a February state Supreme Court ruling on term limits.
Once Hafen, Cortez Masto and Miller file their joint response, Workman will have 15 days to answer their counter argument. The court then will decide if it should intervene in the case.
Hafen was first elected to the City Council in 1987 and was elected mayor in 2009. He was re-elected last year after receiving 55 percent of the vote in the primary.
Workman, a city employee since 2000 who works for the Police Department as its criminalistics administrator, received 37 percent of the vote.