Wednesday, May 28, 2014 | 4:45 p.m.
North Las Vegas is launching a national search to find a permanent chief executive after interim City Manager Jeff Buchanan announced today he will leave the job next month.
Buchanan was promoted to the city’s top job in August as part of a house cleaning that saw several executives replaced by newly elected Mayor John Lee. Buchanan had previously served as the city’s fire chief.
Buchanan’s last day as interim city manager is June 10. It’s unclear whether he will remain with the city.
Buchanan will be replaced by current Deputy City Manager Qiong Liu until a permanent hire is found. The city plans to launch a national search for the position later this summer.
During his tenure, Buchanan helped the city navigate a near budget crisis. He led a team of negotiators that struck concessions deals with four unions in April that helped avert a state takeover of the city’s finances.
In a statement, Buchanan said today that he’s stepping down to allow the city council to find a permanent city manager with more experience.