Friday, Aug. 17, 2012 | 12:14 p.m.
Gerald Gardner, former Las Vegas regional chief in the Attorney General’s Office, will be Gov. Brian Sandoval’s new chief of staff, the administration announced today.
Gardner will replace Chief of Staff Heidi Gansert, who announced her departure Thursday to spend more time with her family.
Sandoval, in a statement, cited Gardner’s experience in Southern Nevada and his “keen intellect and insight.”
Gardner comes in as the administration prepares to release its recommended budget and package of bills for the 2013 legislative session. He signaled that the priorities of Sandoval’s first 20 months in office — economic development and education reform — won’t change.
Gardner, in a statement, said he wants to work to achieve the objectives of the administration “promoting Nevada’s economy and improving education for our state’s children.”
Gardner, 47, is the assistant district attorney of Carson City. Gardner received his law degree from Cornell University and joined the Clark County District Attorney’s Office in Las Vegas.
In 2002, Gardner was named the chief of the criminal justice division for the Nevada Attorney General’s Office, focusing on public corruption and fraud cases. In 2004, Sandoval, then the attorney general, appointed him as the Las Vegas regional chief.
Gardner lives in Carson City with his wife, Stephanie, and their three children, Bennett, James, and Julia.