Nevada State Tourism’s Executive Director Position in Limbo

If Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons had it his way, the vacant $117,000-a-year executive director position toGibbons head our state’s Tourism Commission would have already been filled December 29 by his direct appointment of Kirk Montero, 60, a friend of one of his top advisors.   But, thankfully, the Tourism Commission’s panel soundly rejected Gibbons controversial overture by a 9-0 vote, siding with the law, which states the position is to be filled only following a search by the Tourism Commission, not an immediate Governor appointment.  Nevada Lt. Gov. Brian Krolici chimed in- who you will remember is already in hot water for felony charges in December for his alleged mishandling of state funds and falsifying accounts while he was state treasurer- being the chairman of the Tourism Commission, saying the search committee will meet early in January to narrow a new candidate list to the top three finalists, which will then be presented to Gibbons for final selection.  Ironically, despite all this intrigue, Montero remains steadfast to his plan to start work as the executive director anyway on January 12.  Say what?  Are there any producers out there looking for a new juicy political movie script?

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