(Carson City, NV) — Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval is tapping a former deputy attorney general be his new chief of staff.

Sandoval on Friday announced Gerald Gardner will assume his new role Sept. 5. He will replace Heidi Gansert, who submitted her resignation on Thursday after serving as the Republican governor’s top aide since his election in 2010.

The 47-year-old Gardner is currently assistant district attorney in Carson City.

In 2004, he served as Sandoval’s regional chief in Las Vegas when Sandoval was state attorney.

Sandoval says Gardner’s legal experience and time in Las Vegas will be invaluable as the administration prepares for the 2013 Legislature, which convenes in February.

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