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September 16, 2019

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Governor announces economic development and mining appointments

CARSON CITY — Gov. Brian Sandoval has named Steve Hill of Las Vegas as executive director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.

And the governor has announced the names of the members of a newly created oversight commission created to make sure state agencies are properly policing the mining industry.

Hill, a former Las Vegas businessman, has been interim executive director and will start the new job immediately. He was previously the senior vice president of CalPortland, a concrete, sand and gravel supplier in Las Vegas.

Sandoval said Hill would be responsible for developing a state plan for economic development and working with regional officials to promote new business.

The job pays $114,104 a year.

The 2011 Legislature created the seven-member Mining and Accountability and Oversight Commission to make sure state agencies are collecting the correct taxes from mines, that environmental regulations are being enforced and job safety standards are being met.

The governor announced the membership of the commission. Sandoval’s two appointees are John Restrepo of Clark County and state Sen. Greg Brower, R-Reno.

Senate Majority Leader Stephen Horsford, D-Las Vegas, chose himself to sit on the oversight commission and also named Kyle Davis of Washoe County.

Assembly Speaker John Oceguera, D-Las Vegas, selected former state Gaming Control Board Chairman Dennis Neilander of Douglas County and former Assemblyman Roger Bremner of Carson City.

The governor named Robert Campbell of Douglas County who was recommended by Senate Minority Leader Mike McGinness, R-Fallon.

The oversight committee has authority over the Nevada Taxation Department, the Division of Industrial Relations, the Division of Environmental Protection and the Bureau of Mines and Geological.

The committee has the authority to ask the auditors in the Legislature to conduct a special examination to see that state agencies are enforcing the standards.

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