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May 28, 2015

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Gov.-elect Sandoval to start transition by meeting with cabinet officers

Meeting sought with Gov. Jim Gibbons ‘as soon as possible’

Brian Sandoval

Brian Sandoval

Gov. Jim Gibbons

Gov. Jim Gibbons

CARSON CITY — Gov.-elect Brian Sandoval will start meeting with cabinet members next week, and the first on the list is state Budget Director Andrew Clinger.

Sandoval and his transition chief, Heidi Gansert, met Friday for several hours in Reno with Steve Robinson, the transition officer appointed by Gov. Jim Gibbons.

Sandoval wants to set up a meeting “as soon as possible” with Gibbons, Robinson said.

The meeting lasted several hours and Sandoval asked questions about the budget, the prison and water issues, Robinson said. He said he would get Sandoval “with the real experts” — the cabinet officers.

Sandoval has said he wants to roll back the state’s budget to the 2007 level and is against raising taxes. The projected shortfall in the upcoming biennial budgets has been estimated at $2.5 billion to $3 billion.

Robinson said he briefed Sandoval on how the governor’s office is staffed and security for the governor. The governor-elect has a young family and security “is a new experience” for them, he said.

The Sandoval crew will put out schedules on who they will meet with, Robinson said.

Robinson said Sandoval did not indicate whether Gansert, a former assemblywoman from Reno, would be his chief of staff.

Sandoval already has experience in dealing with such things as highway construction and state finances. As attorney general, he was a member of the state Transportation Board, the state Board of Examiners and the state Pardons Board.

As a past chairman of the state Gaming Commission, he also knows the regulatory system of Nevada’s major industry.

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