As mayor, Hafen serves with his fellow council members as the legislative branch of the Henderson community, responsible for setting policies and making decisions concerning many different aspects of local government. The City Council also approves the cityís budget.
Mayor Hafen serves on the Civilian Military Council, Green Chips board of directors, Henderson Redevelopment Agency, Henderson Chamber of Commerce board of directors and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. He previously represented Henderson on the Nevada Development Authority, Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada and the Clark County Regional Flood Control board of directors. In addition, he served by appointment on the Nevada Commission on Aging from 2011 to 2013.
Hafen is active in the Nevada League of Cities and has served as the secretary/treasurer and second vice president. In 2006 he was elected president and awarded the prestigious Public Official of the Year Award by the League for his years of public service. Additionally, Mayor Hafen is a member of the National League of Cities where he serves on the FAIR Steering Committee.
Born in Boulder City, Nevada, Mayor Hafen has lived in the city of Henderson all but one year of his life. He graduated from Basic High School in 1972 and received his bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 1976. For four years, Hafen worked as a clerk for the FBI and then for two years as an accountant for Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas. He retired from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department in 2002 where he worked for 23 years in the Special Investigations Division.