Nevada commission begins search for new executive director

The search is on for a new NSAC executive director!

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The Nevada State Athletic Commission will begin the search for a new executive director to replace Keith Kizer, who put in his notice last Friday that he would be vacating the position in January.

At a meeting held in Las Vegas on Friday, the commissioners discussed and then voted unanimously on a course of action to select the new executive director, who will oversee one of the most powerful governing bodies in combat sports today.  The commission also stated that no interim director will be named and they will instead seek out a permanent replacement for Kizer.

The first step in the process is accepting applications for potential candidates.  Anyone interested in applying can actually visit the State of Nevada jobs page and the commissions specifically noted that members of the media as well as fans on social networks like Twitter will be essential in getting the word out about the position.  The commissioners also stated that they will accept applications from any and all potential candidates interested in the position.

According to the application available online, the position pays up to $97,901 plus benefits.

The commissioners waffled back and forth on a deadline for applications to be received, but ultimately decided to instead set a timeline for when they would begin narrowing down the selection before interviews are completed.

For now, Nevada will move forward with the application process as they begin the search for a new executive director for the first time in seven years.

The search process for candidates will be done through the business and industry divsion of the state government, with two commissioners being chosen to help narrow down the applications in private.  The chairman of the Nevada commission, Francisco Aguilar, will be in charge of choosing the commissioners who participate on the panel.

The reason for the privacy of the application process is to allow any candidate’s name to not become public in case they are still currently employed and have not made their employer aware the are seeking the position.  The chairman and commissioners will then review all the potential candidates, narrowing the field down between three to five final applicants.

Those final choices will then be brought before the commission in a public hearing for an interview and at that point their names will become available.  The commission set forth a date of March 17 as a deadline for the final candidates to be named.

The expectation by the commission on Friday ended with the likelihood of a new executive director for the state athletic commission to be named sometime in April.

The commissioners in attendance acknowledged two major shows coming up in February in the state including UFC 170, which is slated for Feb 22 in Las Vegas.  The commission will continue business as usual until the new executive director is named with staff members executing all processes like normal for fight cards taking place in the state.

Chief inspector from Nevada Alex Ybarra will have an increased role at weigh-ins and other functions while the commission moves forward with their search for a new executive director.

For now, Nevada will move forward with the application process as they begin the search for a new executive director for the first time in seven years.