Governor Lombardo Announces Chief of Staff Transition

December 27, 2023

CARSON CITY, NV – Governor Joe Lombardo today announced a transition in the role of Chief of Staff in his administration.

Chief of Staff Ben Kieckhefer will be stepping down from his position early in 2024 after having helped guide a successful first year of the Lombardo Administration, navigating the gubernatorial transition, office buildout, 2023 Legislative Session, and administration agenda development.

Ryan Cherry, former Chief of Staff to Lt. Governor Mark Hutchison and Rural Director for U.S. Senator Dean Heller, will be joining the Lombardo Administration as the new Chief of Staff.

“I’m incredibly thankful for all the work Ben put in to making this first year a success,” said Governor Joe Lombardo. “Ben accomplished everything I asked of him as I transitioned into the office of Governor, and his leadership during the 2023 Legislative Session was critical in our many successes. My office and state government are in great shape heading into the next phase of the administration, and I’m grateful for all of Ben’s efforts to make that happen.”

Cherry has spent the past six years as a consultant, working extensively throughout Nevada and other western states on natural resources, mining, and energy issues. Prior to consulting, Cherry spent nearly three years in the office of Lt. Governor Mark Hutchison as Chief of Staff, and nearly six years working on northern and rural issues for U.S. Senator Dean Heller.

“Ryan’s experience inside and outside of government makes him an ideal fit as my next Chief of Staff,” said Governor Lombardo. “He has worked with the Legislature, understands the structure of state government, and he will be able to work on the diverse policy subjects that will cross his desk. I’m grateful for Ryan’s willingness to take on this new role.”

Cherry’s first day in the office will be January 17, and he will work alongside Kieckhefer for a brief time to help ensure a smooth transition.



Elizabeth Ray
Communications Director