Betsy Fretwell


City Manager
The City of Las Vegas

1991
Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Ms. Fretwell oversees a dynamic organization, which has nearly 3,000 employees and a budget of $1.2 billion. She also serves as the executive director of the Las Vegas Redevelopment Agency, charged with the economic revitalization of downtown Las Vegas. She served as the regional chair charged with reorganizing the regional economic development efforts in 2012. Some of the major projects that have come to fruition during her tenure include Zappos.com, Inc. moving its corporate headquarters to the current City Hall site, and the development of several projects on 61 acres downtown including The Smith Center for the Performing Arts and the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. As well, Betsy was instrumental in the construction of a new city hall and renovation of a development services center, well over 400,000 sq.ft. of government office space. Additionally, three major museums opened in 2012 in the downtown area fueling cultural tourism growth. In 2013, Fretwell began leading a shared services and management consulting effort with sister-city North Las Vegas to improve efficiencies, stabilize service levels and enhance revenues through unique and lasting partnership agreements.

Education
  • MPA, The University of Georgia 1991, Public Administration
  • AB, The University of Georgia 1989, Political Science