The Las Vegas City Council today ratified the city manager’s appointment of Venetta Appleyard as the new finance director. Appleyard joined the city in October 2005 as financial services manager and was appointed city treasurer in April 2012. Venetta will be responsible for overseeing the total city budget of $1.2 billion.
As city treasurer she was responsible for coordinating the preparation of the city’s annual budget and the Five Year Capital Improvement Plan. Additionally, she was responsible for budget and planning and budget reporting, debt management, investment management, and revenue analysis and reporting.
Prior to joining the city, Appleyard worked 25 years with The Howard Hughes Corporation (“THHC”) or its affiliates, and was involved in real estate operations, land development and gaming. She was a member of the management team responsible for completing the conversion of The Hughes Businesses into a multi-faceted real estate investment and development company in order to formulate and complete a strategic plan to sell or take THHC public. THHC is the developer of the master planned community of Summerlin located in the Las Vegas Valley of Nevada. Appleyard also worked for a national certified public accounting firm specializing in casino audits and became a Certified Public Accountant prior to joining THHC. Appleyard received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, with high distinction, from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.