Friday, June 27, 2008 | 10 a.m.
The governor's top two aides will announce this morning they are leaving the Gibbons administration, according to a source close to the administration.
The tenures of Mike Dayton, the chief of staff, and Dianne Cornwall, the chief operation officer, have been marked by infighting and charges of cronyism, weak appointments and incompetence.
Their looming departure was first reported by Sun columnist Jon Ralston in his email newsletter.
Deputy chief of staff and counsel to the governor Josh Hicks, a widely respected lawyer from a prominent Reno-area family, is poised to take the helm.
The Sun reported a raft of problems inside the governor's office two weeks ago, in a story detailing lack of communication with departments and agencies and a chaotic environment.