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July 26, 2014

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Gibbons’ chief of staff resigning for ‘new opportunities’

CARSON CITY – Josh Hicks, chief of staff to Gov. Jim Gibbons during some of the toughest periods of his administration, is resigning.

Hicks, 36, said it was great to serve Gibbons during some “unique and exciting times.” He said he had no regrets going through the tough legislative session, during which Democrats took aim at Gibbons and his proposed budget.

Hicks has been the governor’s chief of staff for the past year. Before that he was deputy chief of staff and legal counsel to the governor. He served in the governor’s office for 2 1/2 years.

He said it was time to move on and seek new opportunities. He said he wants to spend more time with his family and his 14-month-old daughter.

In his letter of resignation addressed to Gibbons, Hicks said “It has been a tremendous honor to serve your administration as general counsel, deputy chief of staff and chief of staff” and he added “I think the time is right for me to seek out new opportunities.”

Mendy Elliott, deputy chief of staff, will be acting chief of staff after Hicks’ last day, next Friday.

He said he will begin his job search after the summer.

Before joining Gibbons’ staff, Hicks worked five years in the state Attorney General’s Office.

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