Mayor and Council
North Las Vegas City offers recreational facilities, fire and police protection, as well as water and wastewater services. The city, established in 1946, comprises 262.6 square kilometers (101.4 sq mi). The mayor shall be elected generally; and the members of the council shall reside within the city of North Las Vegas, and shall be elected by their wards. The city has two municipal judges who are elected and voted into office.
The North Las Vegas Police Department was created in 1946 (when the city was incorporated) to serve North Las Vegas, which at the time consisted of four square miles with a population of about 3,000. NLVPD has expanded to keep pace with the fast growth of North Las Vegas and Clark County. As of 2016, North Las Vegas Police Department had law enforcement facilities serving an area of 100.48 square miles (260.2 km2) with a population of around 233,808 people. NLVPD had 309 contracted employees (Police and Detention Officers) and 106 civilian support personnel as of July 2016.
North Las Vegas has a desert climate, attributable to its placement within the Mojave Desert. In winter, temperatures are usually mild, and in summer, hot. As are most of the United States’ hot deserts, on average snowfall occurs only once every few years. Temperatures seldom fall below freezing in winter. Monsoons will enter this area during the summer, bringing heavy rain and thunderstorms.