Jim Wells to Retire from State Service; Sandoval Appoints Paul Nicks As Acting Director Of The Governor’s Finance Office


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CARSON CITY, NV - June 21, 2018

Governor Brian Sandoval today announced he has appointed Paul Nicks as Acting Director of the Governor’s Finance Office. Nicks will replace Jim Wells, who is retiring from state service on July 13.

Wells has served as the Director of the newly formed Governor’s Finance Office since July of 2015. He served as the Director of the Department of Administration from March to June 2015. Prior to his appointment at the Department, Wells served as Executive Officer of the State’s Public Employees’ Benefits Program for more than four years. He has had a long career of governmental accounting experience, serving in various capacities with the State of Nevada, the University of Nevada, Reno and the city of Roanoke, Virginia.

“Jim Wells has been a valued member of my team,” Governor Brian Sandoval said. “I have relied on his wise counsel and his deep understanding of the state budget process. I thank Jim for his service to our great state and I wish him well in his retirement.”

Paul Nicks was appointed as the Deputy State Budget Director in November 2017 and has been responsible for collaborating with executive branch agencies to produce the Governor’s Executive Budget. Prior to his state service, Nicks worked in the aerospace and software industries where he oversaw a billion dollar budget and managed the resources for more than 600 employees. Nicks received his Bachelor’s Degree in Managerial Economics and his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Central Washington University and the University of Washington, respectively.

“I am pleased that Paul Nicks has agreed to step in as Acting Director of the Governor’s Finance Office as we continue to build the state budget for the next biennium,” Governor Brian Sandoval said. “I am confident that Paul will be a valuable leader of the state finance team over the next few months.”

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