Former Lt. Gov. wins contract with embattled Workforce Connections

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Southern Nevada’s Workforce Connections, which is defending itself against a federal lawsuit, is looking to beef up its legal representation with a political heavy hitter.

The board voted unanimously Tuesday (with Tick Segerblom abstaining) to approve a contract of up to $100,000 for Hutchison and Steffen, the firm of former Nevada Lt. Gov. Mark Hutchison.

Last month the board, which is chaired by Station Casinos executive Valarie Murzl, granted some $10,000 million in federal grants to ResCare, a for-profit company providing workforce services throughout the nation.  The previous recipient, Culinary Union-affiliate Nevada Partners, was shut out and is crying foul in federal court where it’s filed a lawsuit against the Workforce Connections board.

Workforce Connections’ board member Liberty Leavitt is married to former State Sen. Michael Roberson, who won Hutchison’s endorsement in his unsuccessful race last year for lieutenant governor.

Dana Gentry
Reporter | Dana Gentry is a native Las Vegan and award-winning investigative journalist. She is a graduate of Bishop Gorman High School and holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Gentry began her career in broadcasting as an intern at Channel 8, KLAS-TV. She later became a reporter at Channel 8, working with Las Vegas TV news legends Bob Stoldal and the late Ned Day. Gentry left her reporting job in 1985 to focus on motherhood. She returned to TV news in 2001 to launch "Face to Face with Jon Ralston" and the weekly business programs In Business Las Vegas and Vegas Inc, which she co-anchored with Jeff Gillan. Dana has four adult children, a grandson, three dogs, three cats and a cockatoo named Casper.


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