Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012 | 4:18 p.m.
Former Assemblywoman Heidi Gansert announced today she was stepping down as Gov. Brian Sandoval’s chief of staff, becoming the second high-ranking staff member to leave the administration this summer.
In a statement released Thursday afternoon, Gansert said she was leaving now to give the new chief of staff time to help Sandoval build his budget and agenda for the next legislative session, which begins in February.
“After weeks of discussion with my family and subsequently with Gov. Sandoval, I have decided this is the right time for me to step down as Gov. Sandoval’s chief of staff,” Gansert said. “As most everyone who is involved in state government knows, the chief of staff position requires an extraordinary commitment and I have given it my all since helping lead the transition and from our first day in office.”
Sandoval said he was “sorry to see” Gansert leave the administration.
“Heidi’s expertise with the state budget and policy matters was tremendously helpful during the legislative session and she has been a steady hand with my Cabinet and the operations of state government,” he said. “I am grateful she agreed to serve during these important first two years.”
Gansert is a former three-term legislator and leader of the Assembly Republican caucus. She came to the administration with a conservative fiscal philosophy and helped lead Sandoval’s budget debate during the 2011 legislative session.
Last month, Sandoval’s senior adviser Dale Erquiaga resigned to move closer to his family in Arizona.