Nevada Governor Names Top Aide

Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons has promoted Dianne Cornwall, his deputy chief of staff, to a new position of chief operating officer.

Gibbons announced the promotion in a New Year's Eve memo to state workers, saying Cornwall would still report to his chief of staff, Mike Dayton.

The governor said Cornwall will oversee day-to-day operations of all agencies, adding the move would "streamline the chain of command" and improve communications throughout state government.

Cornwall had run Gibbons' congressional offices around the state and his Washington, D.C., office while he was in Congress.

The Republican governor, starting the second year of a four-year term,
was in the U.S. House for 10 years.

The governor didn't say how Cornwall's promotion would affect Dayton's duties as chief of staff.

Dayton also is a longtime Gibbons aide. He managed Gibbons' 1996 campaign for Congress and served as his congressional chief of staff for nearly six years.