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WHEREAS, James R. Wells has served the State of Nevada with great commitment and integrity for more than 25 years, beginning his service to the Silver State with the Department of Commerce in 1992; and

WHEREAS, he transferred to the University of Nevada, Reno in December 1992, assuming the duties of Grants and Contracts within the Controller’s Office, and he was promoted to Finance Manager with the Cooperative Extension Southern Area, followed by Fiscal Officer in October 1995 with the Sierra Nevada Job Corps Center; and

WHEREAS, in 1998, James R. Wells transferred to the Office of the State Controller as an Accountant III, utilizing his educational and professional training as a Certified Public Accountant, and was promoted first to Chief Accountant in 1999, followed by Chief Deputy Controller in 2001; and

WHEREAS, he transferred to the Public Employees’ Benefits Program (PEBP) to serve as its Accounting/Finance Officer from 2003 to 2006, where he developed a deep understanding of the State’s employee and retiree health insurance programs, policies and rate development, and in 2006, James assumed the leadership of the Department of Education’s accounting and budget functions by becoming the Deputy Superintendent of Administrative and Support Services within the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction; and

WHEREAS, in 2010, James returned to PEBP as its Executive Officer, where he guided the agency, the Board, and plan participants through significant changes to the State’s health insurance program, and in March 2015, James was appointed interim Director of the Department of Administration, and then became the first Director of the newly created Governor’s Office of Finance in July 2015, and he guided the development and implementation of Executive Budgets across three biennia; and

WHEREAS, he has used his vast knowledge of the State’s accounting, budget, and policy development processes to promote efficient service to the citizens of Nevada and conservation of public resources, and the State of Nevada commends James R. Wells on his outstanding tenure as a dedicated State employee and joins his family, friends and colleagues in extending sincere appreciation for his years of service, with best wishes for a happy and fulfilling retirement;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BRIAN SANDOVAL, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEVADA, do hereby proclaim  July 13, 2018 as a day in honor of

 James R. Wells


 Proclamation Seal Only                         Signatures of Governor Brian Sandoval, Barbara Cegaske and Scott Anderson