Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010 | 12:20 p.m.
Gov.-elect Brian Sandoval announced today he will replace the director of the Department of Motor Vehicles when he takes office next week.
Former Sparks Mayor Bruce Breslow, who currently heads the state’s nuclear projects agency, will be tapped to head the department.
He will replace DMV director Edgar Roberts, who was appointed to the post by Gov. Jim Gibbons.
The appointment will leave the agency that coordinates Nevada’s fight against the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Repository without a director for the time being. A source said a new director will likely be appointed.
The agency often is marked for elimination in austere budget times, but has so far hung on through several rounds of cuts. Most recently a legislative committee tasked with restructuring the budget removed the agency from the “unnecessary agencies list.”
Breslow submitted a drastically reduced budget for the Nuclear Projects Agency, proposing to spend $700,000 in the next biennium instead of the current $1.7 million.
The Sandoval administration has not yet said what its plans are for the agency.