Best Couple Making Our City a Better Place to Live

Betsy Fretwell and Christine Robinson


Las Vegas power couples usually apply their energies to the same field: the Mortons and restaurants/nightlife, the Wynns and hotels/casinos, the Goodmans and mayoring. But while partners Betsy Fretwell and Christine Robinson share a passion for public service, the two operate in different spheres—Fretwell as Las Vegas city manager, and Robinson as executive director of the Animal Foundation.

Robinson has headed up the Foundation for eight years and recently announced initiatives to work with Utah’s Best Friends Animal Society on a feral cat “trap, neuter, return” program and to take the Foundation’s Lied Animal Shelter to no-kill status by 2020. Meanwhile, Fretwell continues steering projects and executing policies that keep the complicated machine that is the City of Las Vegas churning; one of her current projects is revising the city’s Centennial Plan.

As is often the case, work does carry over a bit into life: Both Fretwell and Robinson are dog-lovers and have ridden horses in the Helldorado Parade, and they can also be seen out on the town at The Smith Center and Downtown restaurants. After all, it’s not just about serving the community; it’s also about being a part of it.




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