Governor Brian Sandoval has tapped the director of the Nevada Department of Taxation to be one of the top deputies on his personal staff.

Sandoval announced Monday that Chris Nielsen will work as his deputy chief of staff starting on Friday. Hell replace Jackie Bryant, who is leaving to work at the Washoe County District Court.

Nielsen has served in the attorney generals office and as a legal adviser to former Gov. Jim Gibbons before moving to the taxation department.

Sandoval said Nielsen will be a strong addition to his administration heading into the upcoming legislative session.

The popular governor has vowed to lead an effort to revamp the way state services are funded, but hasnt said whether a budget hell unveil in a few weeks will involve new taxes.

(AP)