Governor Jim Gibbons is defending his move to dump former Governor Kenney Guinn's recent appointee to the powerful Nevada Gaming Control Board.
Gibbons last week appointed Randy Sayre to the position that
Guinn had filled with his former chief of staff, Keith Munro, after
the November election.
Gibbons says his move is designed to maintain the integrity of
the Control Board and to ensure that appointments to it are NOT
made for political purposes.
He called Munro a "great public servant" and urged him to take
another job in state government.
The governor also denied he took the oath of office at midnight
on New Year's Eve in his Reno home to bolster the legal argument
that is being used to undermine Guinn's appointment of Munro.
Gibbons chief of staff Mike Dayton says the governor believes he
has the power to make the appointment because he took office at the
point that the Control Board positions officially became vacant.
Gibbons insisted security concerns prompted him to take office
as soon as possible.