Former Nevada Treasurer Becomes State Ethics Chief

Former Nevada Treasurer Patty Cafferata is the new executive director of the state Ethics Commission, replacing Patrick Hearn who held the post for less than a year.

Cafferata, 66, who assumes her new position Nov. 1, will be paid $94,136 per year to run the agency which monitors the conduct of state and local government officials.

"I think I can bring the commission to a more professional level," Cafferata said Monday. "I understand the political process and what it is like being an elected official."

Cafferata had been one of the finalists when Hearn was named director last year.

At the time, some commissioners had expressed concern about hiring a director who had been so closely associated with the Republican Party and partisan politics.

Besides being elected state treasurer in 1982, Cafferata was the unsuccessful Republican candidate for governor in 1986.

She also had served as a Republican member of the Assembly from Reno.

Her mother is former GOP Rep. Barbara Vucanovich.

Since leaving state government, Cafferata graduated from law school and served as district attorney in Esmeralda, Lincoln and Lander counties.