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.