Andy Hafen was elected as the city of Henderson’s 12th mayor in June, 2009. He previously served on the Henderson City Council representing Ward II from 1987 to 2009. During his elected service, Mr. Hafen saw Henderson become the second largest city in Nevada and the population grew over 460%. Additionally, the city was named by MONEY magazine in 2006 and 2008 as one of the top 100 places in the United States to live.
As mayor, Hafen serves with his fellow council members as the legislative branch of the Henderson community, responsible for setting policies and making decisions concerning many different aspects of local government. The City Council also approves the city’s budget.
In 2011, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval appointed Mayor Hafen to the Nevada Commission on Aging. Mayor Hafen also serves on the Civilian Military Council, Green Chips Board of Directors, Henderson Redevelopment Agency, Henderson Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. He previously represented Henderson on the Nevada Development Authority, Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, and Clark County Regional Flood Control Board of Directors.
Andy is active in the Nevada League of Cities and has served as the secretary/treasurer and second vice president. In 2006, he was elected president and awarded the prestigious “Public
Official of the Year Award,” by the league for his years of public service. Additionally, he is a member of the National League of Cities, where he serves on the FAIR Steering Committee.
Mayor Hafen was born in Boulder City, Nevada, and except for one year, has lived in the city of Henderson all his life. He graduated from Basic High School in 1972, received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 1976.
For four years, Andy worked as a clerk for the FBI and then, for two years as an accountant for Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas. He retired from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department in 2002, where he worked for 23 years in the Special Investigations Division.