Thursday, May 29, 2014 | 12:55 p.m.
Cash-strapped North Las Vegas is launching a search for a new top executive after interim City Manager Jeff Buchanan announced he'll step down next month.
Nevada's fourth-largest city issued a statement Wednesday saying Buchanan wants to allow the City Council to find a permanent manager with more experience.
Buchanan will be replaced by current Deputy City Manager Qiong Liu until a replacement is hired.
Buchanan was city fire chief before being promoted in August during an executive shuffle following the Mayor John Lee's election.
Buchanan helped the city navigate a looming budget crisis in April, when four city employee unions agreed to concessions aimed at avoiding a state takeover of city finances.
Buchanan's last day will be June 10. It's not immediately clear if he'll remain with the city.