Patrick Cates was appointed as the Director of the Nevada Department of Administration (D of A) by Governor Brian Sandoval, effective September 14, 2015.
In Patrick’s capacity as D of A Director, he oversees 12 Divisions, 577 employees, and an annual operating budget of nearly $300 million. The Divisions under Patrick’s direction include: Administrative Services; Enterprise IT Services; Fleet Services; Hearings and Appeals; Human Resource Management; Nevada Deferred Compensation; Public Works; Purchasing; Risk Management; State Library, Archives and Public Records; and the Office of Grant Procurement, Coordination and Management.
Before accepting the position of D of A Director, Patrick served as Deputy Director of the Department of Wildlife for six years and managed administration and support functions to include budgeting, contracting, grants management, facilities management, information technology, engineering, personnel, and operations. Patrick has extensive experience working for the State of Nevada including the Departments of Cultural Affairs, Health and Human Services, Administration and Motor Vehicles. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Nevada, Reno.
Click here to read the Oct. 3, 2015 Las Vegas Review Journal article about Director Cates
State Chief Information Officer and Deputy Director
Michael Dietrich is the State Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Deputy Director of Administration. Michael comes to us from the private sector, where he enjoyed a successful career leading Development and Engineering organizations creating leading-edge products and infrastructure solutions. Most recently Michael was at Ericsson, Microsoft, and its subsidiary LinkedIn.
The State CIO at the Director's Office level helps elevate the critical responsibilities and functions of technology in the delivery of government services. The State CIO is a key leader in IT strategy for the State of Nevada.
Michael reports directly to Patrick Cates, and his direct reports include: David Haws, Enterprise Information Technology Services (EITS) Administrator; Bob Denhardt, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO); Alisanne Maffei, Chief, Research, Planning and Grant Management; and Michele Lynn, Management Analyst 3.
While not a native of Nevada, Michael has lived in the state most of his life. Since moving here over 30 years ago it is the place he calls home. When he is not immersed in the digital world, Michael enjoys cycling, motorcycling, sailing, and creating art and music.
Jenni Cartwright joined the Department of Administration in November 2017 and has served the State of Nevada for over ten years. Prior to joining the Administrative Services Division, Jenni worked for the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) as the Administrative Services Division Chief. She also worked as an Accountant for the Controller’s Office, NDOT, and the State Industrial Insurance System (SIIS). Jenni earned a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Business Administration from Auckland University in New Zealand (her home country), and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Nevada, Reno.
As the Administrator Jenni will be responsible for overseeing budget development and management, fiscal transaction processing, contract processing, and fiscal analysis for Department of Administration agencies, as well as other supported agencies. She will establish and monitor rates for internal services, support Capital Improvement Program bond financing, monitor compliance with Federal Regulations, and represent supported agencies at public meetings including the Legislature, Interim Finance Committee, Board of Finance and Board of Examiners.
David Haws served in the role of EITS Interim Administrator starting February 6, 2018, and was appointed permanent Administrator April 6, 2018. As Administrator, David will manage Application Development, Client Services, Technical Operations, and Technology Investment Requests.
Throughout the 25-year-span of David’s IT career, he has always been passionate about helping organizations achieve excellent business results through the use of new and emerging information technology. As the EITS Administrator, David will manage the day-to-day operations of EITS to include all of the Agency and Enterprise IT services, and will actively improve their capabilities and processes to create better outcomes and customer service.
David reports directly to State Chief Information Officer Michael Dietrich. David holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Information Technology from Boise State University.
Administrator and Senior Appeals Officer
Michelle was appointed as Administrator of the Hearings Division and Senior Appeals Officer in June 2018. Hearings is a Division of the Nevada Department of Administration and was established to provide an independent appeals process for workers compensation disputes, Victims of Crime Program appeals, and a variety of state agency administrative hearings. The Hearing Division contains the Hearing Office and the Appeals Office. The Hearing Office is the first level for a hearing in a contested matter and the hearings are conducted in an informal setting by Hearing Officers who come from a variety of backgrounds. There are 5 Hearing Officers in Las Vegas and 2 in Carson City. The Appeals Office is the final administrative level for hearings for contested matters. The hearings are presided over by Appeals Officers who are licensed attorneys and the hearings are recorded. Evidence is admitted in written form and through sworn testimony. There are 7 Appeals Officers in Las Vegas and 3 in Carson City. Approximately 18,000 cases were docketed in fiscal year 2017. The Division has a total of 26 staff members in Las Vegas and Carson City.
The Victims of Crime Program (“VOCP”) was established to assist victims of violent crime with a variety benefits, including medical care, psychological care and wage replacement. Michelle is the VOCP Program Coordinator. There are 8 employees based in Las Vegas and Carson City, including the Program Manager. VOCP has been honored to assist the victims of the 1 October mass tragedy and continues to provide ongoing services and benefits to those individuals, as well as other victims of violent crime.
Peter Long was appointed Administrator for the Division of Human Resource Management (DHRM) in April 2016. Previous to Peter's appointment as Administrator, he served as the Deputy Administrator of DHRM for 12 years. As Administrator, Peter oversees all of the activities of human resources which comprise the following sections: Agency Human Resource Services; Central Payroll; Central Records; Compensation, Classification & Recruitment; Consultation &Accountability; Equal Employment Opportunity and Discrimination Investigation Unit; and the Office of Employee Development. Long will also work closely with the State Personnel Commission and carry out the provisions of Chapter 284 of the Nevada Revised Statues
and Nevada Administrative Code
Peter received his Associates of Science degree in Business Administration from Yuba College and his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Sacramento State University. He is a Certified Public Manager from the State of Nevada and received certification in Mediation and Conflict Resolution from the University of Nevada, Reno.
The Division provides highly complex and professional human resource services to directors, administrators, management, and employees in all departments of the State. Services include employee relations, grievances, discipline, succession planning, recruitment and selection, classification and compensation, policy development and enforcement, Family and Medical Leave Act leave management, Americans with Disabilities Act compliance, catastrophic leave guidance, and rule development, interpretation and guidance. In addition, the Division provides direct, day-to-day HR services for 16 Departments encompassing 46 agencies.
Robbie joins the Department of Administration after eight years with the Department of Public Safety, six of which as a NV Highway Patrol Trooper. Prior to coming to the state, Robbie was President and General Manager of Michael’s Cycle Works in Carson City for over 20 years.
As the Administrator for Fleet Services, Robbie will be responsible to manage over 1,000 vehicles; oversee fleet rental locations in Carson City, Reno and Las Vegas; a fleet maintenance program; a fueling program including alternative fuels and electric charging stations; and emergency road-side assistance, among other things.
Rob Boehmer currently serves as the appointed Executive Officer of the Nevada Public Employees’ Deferred Compensation Program (NDC). Mr. Boehmer serves the State of Nevada with over 18 years of experience in the Estate Planning/Retirement Planning/Employee Benefits Management business primarily working in the Health Insurance Industry and managing 457b Deferred Compensation, 403b Tax Sheltered Programs throughout multiple western states. He has worked with associations like Institutional Investors Association for Government Plan Sponsors, Nevada League of Cities Municipalities, Nevada Association of Counties, and a multitude of Firefighters and Police Associations, School Districts, and Teachers Associations in assisting their members with Benefits management and 457b Deferred Compensation/403b management and administration. Mr. Boehmer additionally serves as a Certified Senior Advisor through the Society of Senior Advisors (CSA), and a Certified Master Estate Planning Professional (CMEPP), assisting and advising those in the accumulation phase of their lives, as well as those entering or actively in the Preservation stage of their life. Recently, Mr. Boehmer has been certified as a Certified Retirement Plan Administrator (CRPA).
Rob is a Nevada Native, and he holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from the University of Southern California, as well as two Associates degrees from local Junior colleges.
In addition to his position as Executive Officer at NDC, Mr. Boehmer volunteers as a Hunter and Angler Education Instructor through the Nevada Department of Wildlife’s Conservation Education Division. Additionally, Rob has been appointed and serves as the President of the Nevada Operation Game Thief Citizens Board, a non-profit organization organized in partnership with the Nevada Department of Wildlife to bring public awareness of the prevention of wildlife violations and crimes, and to promote ethical outdoor use and activities throughout the State of Nevada. Furthermore Mr. Boehmer was appointed to serve as a Board member of the Carson City County Wildlife Advisory Board in 2015 by the Carson City Board of Supervisors where he continues to serve as the Board Chairman.
He is a life-long resident of Carson City with his sweet wife Kristi and six children, and actively participates in the community, his Church, and with the Boy Scouts of America.
Jeff Haag was appointed Administrator in October 2015, after working in the private sector for Southwest Airlines where he obtained more than 15 years’ experience in procurement, strategic sourcing, supplier diversity, contract law, and government contracting for State and Federal government, Higher Education, and Fortune 500 Corporations. In addition, Jeff is an active member of the National Association of State Purchasing Officers (NASPO), and a NASPO Value Point Board Member.
As the Nevada State Purchasing Division Administrator, Jeff is responsible for all functions related to service procurement and the purchasing, renting, or leasing of supplies, materials and equipment needed by state agencies. In addition, he oversees the reallocation and disposal of excess state property, inventory of state fixed assets, and administration of the Federal Surplus Property Program.
Connie Lucido has served in public administration, in both State and local government, for nearly 15 years. She was appointed Chief of the Grants Office in April 2016 and has a strong background in budgeting and operations; federal grant policies, auditing, and program development; as well as aligning strategic initiatives and cooperative teaming. Connie’s experience is in public health, public safety, human services and several large education projects; she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and is certified in grants management. In addition, she is an active member of the National Grants Management Association (NGMA).
As the Chief, Connie reports to the Department of Administration Director and serves as the authority on federal and state regulations for grant management and policy in Nevada. In addition, she is responsible to facilitate cooperative relationships to foster grant development and planning; ensure training to address the needs of Nevada’s grant workforce; communicate trends in federal and state funding, regulations, and law; and to provide technical assistance to all agencies as needed - conveying concepts, principles and best practices of successful grant stewardship.
Named Nevada's Deputy State Librarian in 2016 and Acting State Librarian in 2018, Tammy Westergard is focused on the library as an "onramp" for working-age citizens to reframe or gain marketable skills. She's helped arrange opportunities for training in advanced manufacturing - with ability to earn industry recognized credentials - at the library. She says focus on strategic partnerships through shared and complementary workforce development policy has been key to success and sustainability. In 2016, Library Journal named Tammy as an Agent of Change Mover and Shaker. Tammy received her bachelor’s degree in Speech Communications from the University of Nevada, Reno. She has a Graduate Academic Certificate in Advanced Management, a Master of Library Science from the University of North Texas and is a member of Beta Phi Mu, the international library and information studies honor society. See: Westergard, T. (2016). The Library Movement as the Real Mentor and How Stories Recognizing Good Work Influence Us. OLA Quarterly, 21(3), 23-29. http://dx.doi.org/10.7710/1093-7374.1824
The previous State Library, Archives and Public Records Administrator, Jeff Kintop, retired in August 2018.
Spanning nearly three decades, Mandy Hagler’s workers’ compensation experience includes twenty-one of those years specific to the State of Nevada account, and most recently, six years of direct oversight of the State of Nevada Workers’ Compensation Program as the Deputy Risk Manager. Mandy began her career in 1986 with the State Industrial Insurance System (SIIS) and through the years her experience grew to include all aspects of workers’ compensation, including specializing in large Nevada construction groups. Her experience continued with over seven years as the Lead Adjuster for Sierra Nevada Administrators, overseeing management of State of Nevada claims including but not limited to heart and lung, indoor air quality, contagious disease, and catastrophic claims. Mandy returned to state service in 2008 as the Heart/Lung Coordinator, overseeing that program which provides specific benefit to State of Nevada named police and fire officers.
Mandy served as the Deputy Risk Manager for the State of Nevada for the past six years, where she oversaw a multitude of safety and loss control programs, in addition to workers’ compensation oversight. She was appointed under two governors to sit on the Employee Management Committee, and is currently serving her sixth term, with her second nomination to serve as Chair.
Mandy was selected to serve as Risk Management Administrator by Director Patrick Cates effective October 10, 2018, after the retirement of Ana Andrews who held the position for more than six years.
Ward Patrick was appointed Administrator of the Department of Administration’s Public Works Division in May of 2018 to manage the architects, engineers, planners, building inspectors, plan examiners, leasing agents, building maintenance and support staff of this division. The sections within his oversight include Leasing Services, Buildings and Grounds, Facility Condition Analysis, Marlette Water System, Building Official and Engineering and Architectural Services. This diversified staff under Ward’s direction, provide Nevada state agencies with safe and efficient facilities to administer their programs.
Ward has 22 years of experience with the Division with his most recent experience as the Chief of Planning developing and overseeing the Capital Improvement program. He was born and raised in North Central Montana, worked summers on his family’s wheat farm and attained the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Montana State University and his Master of Business Administration from Eastern Washington University. He enjoys cycling, skiing, camping and time spent with his family.