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Gov. Sandoval announces appointment of new administration department director

By ThisIsReno

By Sean Whaley, Nevada News Bureau: Gov. Brian Sandoval today announced he has appointed Jeff Mohlenkamp as director of the Department of Administration effective July 11.

“I am pleased to announce that Jeff has agreed to join the team and lead the Department of Administration,” Sandoval said. “With more than 20 years of experience in state government, Jeff’s depth and breadth of experience across several agencies will be a strong asset to both my office and the department as a whole.”

Mohlenkamp replaces Andrew Clinger, who left state service to become Reno city manager. Today was Clinger’s first day on the job.

The director of the department also serves as the state budget director.

Mohlenkamp, currently deputy director of support services at the Department of Corrections, was previously the chief fiscal officer at the Nevada State Division of Mental Health and Developmental Services. As deputy director at Corrections, Mohlenkamp’s primary responsibility is to handle Budget Division and legislative requests and to prepare presentations for public testimony.

He has improved monitoring and management of overtime expenditures, analyzed and closed the biomass plant, formulated and presented sound arguments to reduce the department’s budget and developed an energy management process.

As CFO at the Division of Mental Health, Mohlenkamp was responsible for oversight of 13 different budget accounts totaling over $320 million annually and over 1,900 employees. His duties also included billing of federal revenues including Medicaid and Medicare, private insurance collection and management of several federal grants and revenue agreements from Washoe County, Clark County and several rural counties.

From November 2003 to November 2005, Mohlenkamp was an executive branch auditor in the Internal Audits Division of the Department of Administration.  He has also worked for the Nevada Gaming Control Board as a special agent and supervisor.

Deputy Budget Chief Stephanie Day will serve as interim director of the Department of Administration until Mohlenkamp takes over the job.

Sandoval also announced that he has named Director of the Department of Public Safety Chris Perry, Director of the Department of Corrections Greg Cox and Director of the Department of Agriculture Jim Barbee as permanent directors of their respective departments.  All three had served as acting directors since Sandoval took office.