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Source: Henderson official not legally drunk

Reported by: Sergio Avila
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Updated: 8/12/2014 7:13 pm

LAS VEGAS (KSNV -- Henderson Assistant City Manager Fred Horvath was not legally intoxicated when he was pulled over on suspicion of DUI on Friday, a source says.

A knowledgeable source tells Ralston Reports’ Jon Ralston that Horvath’s blood test came back at .058, which is under the legal .08 limit.

Also, Henderson Police Sgt. Brett Seekatz made the arrest of Horvath. Seekatz was the Henderson officer seen on video kicking a man in the head during a suspected DUI stop in October 2010.
It was later learned that man, Adam Greene, was suffering a diabetic episode at the time – and was not resisting officers.

Seekatz was disciplined by the department, but the Clark County district attorney’s office declined to prosecute him.

The city of Henderson ultimately settled a lawsuit filed by Greene for about $293,000.

Meanwhile, Henderson officials are refusing to release information or comment on the suspension of Assistant City Manager Fred Horvath who is suspected of driving under the influence Friday.

City Manager Jacob Snow placed Horvath, 58, on administrative leave after he was stopped by a Henderson motorcycle officer near the intersection of Green Valley Parkway and Wigwam Parkway. Horvath will be on leave until an investigation is completed, according to city spokeswoman Kathleen Richards. He was booked into the Henderson Detention Center where a blood test was administered.

Contacted Monday for additional information, Richards said the police report on the incident will not be made public because it’s an ongoing investigation. She said no one with the city would comment further because it’s a personnel matter. She would not forward an interview request to Snow.

Horvath joined the city in 2005 as employee relations manager. He was the city’s human resources director from 2009 until his appointment as assistant city manager in October. Horvath is responsible for the city’s departments of community development and services, information technology, public works, parks and recreation, and utility services.
His arrest came exactly three years after former Henderson City Attorney Elizabeth Quillin resigned and accepted a $99,500 buyout following her May 2011 arrest on DUI charges. She later pleaded guilty to DUI-first offense, paid a fine, and attended a DUI class.

News 3 has sent a written public records request to Snow seeking information on the incident and on Horvath.

The letter, dated Aug. 11, states:

Dear Mr. Snow:

Under the provisions of the Nevada public records law, NRS 239, we are requesting specific records from the city of Henderson. If you are not the custodian of those records, please forward this request to the person or persons who are responsible.

Specifically, we request the following:

1.The incident report created by the Henderson Police Department in the matter of suspected driving under the influence by the assistant city manager, Fred Horvath, on Friday, Aug. 8, 2014.
2.The official job description for Mr. Horvath’s position with the city.
3.A list of all memberships in golf clubs, social organizations and other community groups for which the city pays the dues for city employees and officers and the names of those employees and officers.
4.A list of all city employees and officers who are authorized to use credit cards paid by the city.
5.A complete list of all city employees and officers who are assigned city-owned vehicles on a 24-hour basis.

If you find reason to deny any of these requests, please cite in writing the specific state statute that allows you to withhold the information.

Also, please do not wait on any one request before responding to the others.


Robert Stoldal
Vice President of News



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