Former FBI Man Named Public Safety Director

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Gov. Kenny Guinn on Thursday named a former FBI agent and casino executive as Nevada's new Public Safety Director.

George Togliatti will oversee nine Nevada agencies, including the highway patrol, emergency management, parole and probation, investigations, state fire marshal and traffic safety.

A former supervisory agent, Togliatti, 57, 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.

Most recently, he was a regional vice president of government, community relations and regulatory compliance for Harrah's Entertainment Inc. Before that he held a similar job at Caesars World Inc.

"The state of Nevada is very lucky to have an individual such as George Togliatti who has extensive background in law enforcement and corporate security," Guinn said in a written statement.

"He is very well established in our own law enforcement community and is nationally respected."

Togliatti succeeds Richard Kirkland, who resigned from the post in May. He will receive an annual salary of $107,433.

Dave Kieckbusch, who filled in as acting director following Kirkland's departure, will return to his previous post as deputy director, Guinn said.