Ford announces transition team

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mining AND miningAttorney General-elect Aaron Ford announced the 19 members of his transition team Wednesday.

Members include Geoconda Arguello-Kline from the Culinary Union, Clark County public defender John Piro, Douglas County district attorney Mark Jackson and Barbara Buckley, the executive director of Legal Aid of Southern Nevada — Buckley is also a co-chair for Governor-elect Steve Sisolak’s advisory committee.

Sen. Richard Bryan and former Nevada Attorney General Frankie Sue Del Papa will co-chair Ford’s team.

“I am honored to have the wisdom from our distinguished co-chairs,” Ford said in a statement. “They are joined by an esteemed group of individuals who represent a variety of interests from across our state. I am grateful to have their experience and insight as I take this new office so I can best serve Nevada families.”

Here is the full list:

Sen. Richard Bryan, Co-Chair and Former U.S. Senator, Governor of Nevada, and Nevada Attorney General

AG Frankie Sue Del Papa, Co-Chair and Former Nevada Attorney General

Amy Ayoub, Owner of the Zen Speaker and sex trafficking survivor advocate

Chairman Arlan Melendez, Chair of the Reno Sparks Indian Colony

Bailey Bortolin, Policy Director of the Nevada Coalition of Legal Service Providers

Hon. Barbara Buckley, Former Speaker of the Nevada State Assembly and Executive Director of the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada

Chief Jason Soto, Chief, Reno Police Department

Dave Kallas, Detective, Las Vegas Metro Police Department (Ret.) and Former President, Southern Nevada Conference of Police and Sheriffs

Geoconda Arguello-Kline, Secretary-Treasurer, Culinary Workers Union, Local 226

Jenny Noble, Chief Deputy District Attorney, Washoe County District Attorney’s Office

Jessica Adair, Ford for Nevada’s campaign manager

John J. Piro, Chief Deputy Public Defender, Office of the Clark County Public Defender

John Jones, Jr., Chief Deputy District Attorney, Clark County District Attorney’s Office

Mark Jackson, Douglas County District Attorney

Mike Yarter, Detective, North Las Vegas Police Department and President, North Las Vegas Police Officers Association

Sean Sullivan, Deputy Public Defender, Washoe County

Professor Rachel Anderson, Professor of Law and William S. Boyd School of Law, UNLV

Vida Lin, President of the Asian Community Development Council

Zelalem Bogale, Deputy District Attorney, Washoe County District Attorney’s Office and Adjunct Professor at the University of Nevada, Reno

Michael Lyle
Michael Lyle (MJ to some) has been a journalist in Las Vegas for eight years.  He started his career at View Neighborhood News, the community edition of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. During his seven years with the R-J, he won several first place awards from the Nevada Press Association and was named its 2011 Journalist of Merit. He left the paper in 2017 and spent a year as a freelance journalist accumulating bylines anywhere from The Washington Post to Desert Companion. While he covers a range of topics from homelessness to the criminal justice system, he gravitates toward stories about race relations and LGBTQ issues. Born and mostly raised in Las Vegas, Lyle graduated from UNLV with a degree in Journalism and Media Studies. He is currently working on his master's in Communications through an online program at Syracuse University. In his spare time, Lyle cooks through Ina Garten recipes in hopes of one day becoming the successor to the Barefoot Contessa throne. When he isn’t cooking (or eating), he also enjoys reading, running and re-watching episodes of “Parks and Recreation.” He is also in the process of learning kickboxing.

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