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Five high-ranking North Las Vegas managers are let go

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Steve Marcus

North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee gives the North Las Vegas State of the City Address at Aliante Casino in North Las Vegas, Jan. 16, 2014.

Updated Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 | 5:40 p.m.

Four North Las Vegas department heads and one assistant department head were laid off this morning, city officials said.

The dismissed employees are Community Services director Frank Fiori, Parks and Recreation director Mike Henley, Utilities director Reed Scheppmann, Administrative Services director Al Noyola and Administrative Services assistant director Skip Grey.

The shakeup is part of a reorganizing effort that Mayor John Lee alluded to last month in his State of the City Address to make city services more efficient, spokeswoman Chrissie Coon said. It was not clear late Thursday whether the vacant positions would be refilled.

“City administrators have had to look at city hall and how they can run the city more efficiently and to try and sustain the city,” Coon said. “So they’ve made some very difficult decisions, and in those decisions four directors and one deputy director were affected.”

These are just the latest in a series of department changes to occur since Lee became mayor last year. City Manager Tim Hacker and City Attorney Jeffrey Barr were the first to leave, resigning shortly after Lee took office. Finance director Al Zochowski also ended his tenure at the city after less than two years on the job.

Hacker, Barr and Zochowski were holdovers from former North Las Vegas Mayor Shari Buck’s administration.

Fire Chief Jeffrey Buchanan took over for Lee as interim city manager, while Sandra Douglass-Morgan was hired as city attorney. Former Las Vegas-based data center Switch CFO Darren Adair accepted a role as acting finance director.

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