Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011 | 5:22 p.m.
The longtime head of the state's legislative staff, who weathered 18 years with 63 elected officials as his boss, has served his last session.
Lorne Malkiewich, director of the Legislative Counsel Bureau, will leave sometime before the 2013 session, he said Wednesday.
“I’ve been working for the counsel bureau for 30 years, director for 18 years," said Malkiewich, 54. "I wanted to take a look at something else."
Malkiewich had to balance having 63 lawmakers as de facto bosses while running a nonpolitical staff. He was highly regarded by lawmakers from both parties and served as a human Google machine of Nevada Revised Statutes and legislative lore.
The news of his departure was first reported by Ray Hagar, of the Reno Gazette Journal.
Malkiewich said he is looking for other work and wanted legislative leadership to be prepared to find a replacement if he left sooner than early 2013, when the Legislature is next scheduled to convene.
The LCB appointed a deputy director and began a legislative leadership class last year. The new director will be chosen by the Legislative Commission.