Richard Combs Named New Director Of Legislative Counsel Bureau

CARSON CITYRichard Combs, most recently an Assembly fiscal analyst and member of the Legislative Counsel Bureau staff since 1994, was unanimously supported today by the Legislative Commission as the new director of the agency.

Combs was also the unanimous choice of the Committee to Consult with the Director, which earlier this month interviewed five finalists for the position.

“It was kind of difficult when you get down to the end because any one of them could have done a great job,” said Sen. Mo Denis, D-Las Vegas, chairman of the committee that conducted the interviews. “But I appreciate the committee coming together. It was a unanimous vote.”

New LCB Director Richard Combs.

Denis said Combs has been great to work with on the fiscal side of the agency, and should do equally well as the new director.

Thirty-eight people applied for the job and five, including four employees within the Legislative Counsel Bureau, were interviewed.

Combs succeeds Lorne Malkiewich, who retired as director of the LCB in early April after serving in the position for more than 18 years. The position pays $138,000 a year.

Combs expressed his appreciation to lawmakers for the way they handled the selection process, which was conducted in public.

“Our first order of business is just going to be making sure that the level of service that you have become accustomed to continues for the 2013 session,” he said. “Notwithstanding the retirement of Mr. Malkiewich and my appointment, we’re going to work to make sure that that continues. We do have a few challenges that we’re facing with turnover as has been mentioned. But as Mr. (Assemblyman Marcus) Conklin said I’m very confident that we have talented and dedicated people in the bureau who are willing to step up and fill those roles.”

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Audio clips:

Sen. Mo Denis says any of the five finalists could have done a great job as director of the LCB:

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New Director Richard Combs says his first order of business is to ensure the high level of service by LCB staff continues in the 2013 session:

053012Combs :28 fill those roles.”