Lombardo exits mandates and addresses job openings in First EOs

Lombardo exits mandates and addresses job openings in First EOs

Nevada Gov. Joe Lombardo (R) ended the previous government’s coronavirus-era mandates and urged state leaders to address state workforce vacancies in his first two executive orders issued on Friday.

Lombardo’s first executive order was “Executive Order 2023 – 001: Order Recinting All COVID-19 Era Declarations, Executive Orders and Emergency Directives”.

As Lombardo’s office explained:

The number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations is well below its peak, vaccination and treatment are widely available, and many Nevadans have built up natural immunity.

Therefore, this executive order repeals and revokes all remaining COVID-19 era declarations, executive orders, and emergency directives.

For his second executive action, Lombardo issued an executive order that “required the state leadership to address vacancies in the state workforce and personally return state employees to normal office operations by July 1,” he said explained.

Lombardo’s second executive order was entitled:

Executive Order 2023-002: Order directing the Department of Administration to review and make recommendations on rules and procedures for hiring, retention and promotion related to government employment and to work with executive agencies to restore the government workforce to its pre-pandemic normal state and normal office operations until July 1, 2023.

The executive order for vacancies comes amid a reported 24 percent vacancy rate in the Nevada state government, according to Lombardo’s office.

Additionally, many state agencies have not returned to the office since the pandemic, limiting the state’s ability to “serve Nevadans efficiently and effectively,” Lombardo’s office said.

The second executive order “requires the Department of Administration to immediately work with all government agencies to develop a plan to ensure government officials return to normal and customary pre-pandemic office operations by July 1, 2023.”

Lombardo was sworn into office in Carson City earlier this week after defeating former Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak (D) in November’s election.

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