LCB’s Malkiewich Prepares to Say Good-Bye, Start Anew

Lorne Malkiewich, who celebrates 30 years with the Legislative Counsel Bureau (LCB) next week, has announced he is leaving before the 2013 legislative session.

LCB Director Lorne Malkiewich / Nevada News Bureau file photo

Malkiewich, the LCB director for the last 18 years, says he wanted to give legislators plenty of notice.

“I didn’t think it was fair to say to them that I will be leaving but I’m not sure when, so I told them I will be leaving before the next session and you’re going to need to appoint a new director,” said Malkiewich.

He said he has applied for a few jobs already.

“I have loved working with the fantastic people here and after 18 years it’s time for a change,” he said. “I’d like to find a new challenge, something that can perhaps make use of some of my knowledge and skills and yet can be a new challenge for me.”

And the time is good for a move, if that’s where a new job takes him, he said.

His wife recently retired as a teacher from the Carson City school district, and both their children are grown. Their daughter recently graduated from New York University and is spending the next year in Spain while their son has a year left studying at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Malkiewich started with the LCB when he was 24 years old, fresh out of law school University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento.

He said it is interesting how working at the legislature has at times dove-tailed with details of his personal life.

“Your life kind of becomes based on a two year cycle. The ’85 session, that’s when I got married, and children were born during this one, and this is the session we had a 21-21 tie,” said Malkiewich. “They’re all different, they all have their challenges, and certainly we’ve had some incredibly challenging ones in 2009 and 2011. I think the legislature and the staff have done incredible jobs to get done on time in 120 days in both of those sessions.”

Despite the long hours and strain, Malkiewich said it isn’t easy to say goodbye.

“The people here are not only wonderful to work with, they are among the most talented people I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with in my life. That’s one of the things that makes it tough to leave,” he said.

Sen. Steven Horsford, D-Las Vegas, chair of the the Legislative Commission, yesterday paid tribute to Malkiewich during the group’s monthly meeting.

“I’d like to thank him on behalf of the entire legislature for his phenomenal work,” said Horsford.

The Commission to Consult with the Director, a statutory commission of the legislature filled with members of the leadership of both parties and both houses, is in charge of finding Malkiewich’s replacement.

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Malkiewich says hard work brings the LCB staff together like a family:

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