Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010 | 12:26 p.m.
At a time when Gov.-elect Brian Sandoval is asking departments to prepare budget cuts as high as 30 percent, he has added an additional officer for his family's protection.
Sandoval Tuesday requested a $103,000 for an additional public safety officer for the first 6 months of 2011. Gov. Jim Gibbons' protection detail currently has five positions.
Dale Erquiaga, a Sandoval spokesman, said that the Department of Public Safety did a risk assessment and recommended adding three positions - to bring the level of staffing to what it was when Gov. Bob Miller was in office during the 1990, the last time the first family included young children.
Sandoval cut that down to one additional officer, Erquiaga said.
Sandoval's wife, Kathleen will continue to work as head of a nonprofit in Reno and their three children will attend their same schools in Reno, Erquiaga said. The first family plans to provide their own transportation, he said.
The item was unanimously approved by the Board of Examiners, made up of Gibbons, the attorney general and secretary of state. Sandoval takes office Jan. 3. The cost also includes $30,000 for a new vehicle.