Gibbons `wanted changes made’; Togliatti resigns with regret
CARSON CITY (AP) – While Nevada Gov.-elect Jim Gibbons is retaining several high-level officials from outgoing Gov. Kenny Guinn’s administration, state Public Safety Director George Togliatti isn’t one of them.
Togliatti’s resignation letter was released Wednesday by Guinn. Gibbons spokesman Brent Boynton said Togliatti was told “a few days ago” that Gibbons, elected Nov. 7, “wanted some changes made in the Department of Public Safety.”
Togliatti, a former FBI agent who was the state’s public safety chief for three years, didn’t return calls seeking comment.
In his letter to Guinn, Togliatti said he was resigning “with deepest regret.” He added that he would assist in the transition between governors “in whatever capacity you and Gov.-elect Gibbons deem appropriate.”
Togliatti oversaw nine Nevada agencies, including the highway patrol, emergency management, parole and probation, investigations, state fire marshal and traffic safety.
A former supervisory agent, Togliatti, 60, spent more than 23 years with the FBI. He managed organized crime and drug units in Las Vegas and served as the white-collar crime supervisor.
After leaving the FBI, he was an executive for Caesars World Inc. and Harrah’s Entertainment Inc.
Other high-level officials in the Guinn administration who are leaving include state Prison Director Glen Whorton and state Transportation Director Jeff Fontaine.
Whorton, who retired from the prison system a year ago, was brought in later that year as head of the prisons at Guinn’s request. He’s retiring again in mid-February. Fontaine left to take over as head of the Nevada Association of Counties. His top deputy, Susan Martinovich, is taking over as transportation director.
Several other top administrators are being retained by Gibbons, including Ginny Lewis as head of the Department of Motor Vehicles and Jeanne Greene as chief of the Department of Personnel.
Also, Guinn’s deputy chief of staff, Steve Robinson, is staying on with Gibbons as deputy chief of staff for legislative matters, Allen Biaggi as executive director of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Andrew Clinger as state budget chief and director of administration, Dino DiCianno as head of the Department of Taxation and Mike Willden as head of the Department of Health and Human Services.