Nevada Gov. Joe Lombardo (R) ended the previous administration’s coronavirus-era mandates and called on state leaders to address vacancies in the state’s workforce in his first two executive orders issued Friday.
Lombardo’s first executive order was “Executive Order 2023 – 001: Order rescinding all COVID-19 Era Declarations, Executive Orders and Emergency Directives.”
Today I signed my first two orders.
1. I repealed and revoked the COVID mandates of the previous administration.
2. I urged the state leadership to address state workforce vacancies and get state workers back to personal normal office operations by July 1st. pic.twitter.com/eAPeY5HH2f
— Governor Joe Lombardo (@JosephMLombardo) 7 January 2023
As Lombardo’s office explained:
The number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are down significantly from their peaks, vaccinations and treatments are widely available, and many Nevadans have built up natural immunity.
Therefore, this Executive Order rescinds and rescinds all remaining covid-19 era declarations, orders and emergency directives.
For his second executive action, Lombardo issued an order that “directed state leadership to address state workforce vacancies and return state workers to in-person normal office operations by July 1.” explained.
Lombardo’s second executive order was titled:
Executive Order 2023 – 002: Order directing the Department of Administration to review and make recommendations with respect to hiring, retention, and promotional rules and procedures related to government employment and to work with executive agencies to transition the government workforce to pre-pandemic, normal and regular office operations by 1 July 2023.
The vacancy order comes amid a reported 24 percent vacancy rate in Nevada state government, according to Lombardo’s office.
Furthermore, many state agencies have not returned to office since the pandemic, hampering the state’s ability “to serve Nevadans effectively,” Lombardo’s office explained.
The second executive order “also directs the Department of Administration to immediately begin working with all state agencies to develop a plan to ensure that state workers return to pre-pandemic, normal, and regular office operations by July 1, 2023.”
Lombardo was sworn into office earlier this week in Carson City after defeating former Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak (D) in the November election.