The Nevada Workforce Agency on Tuesday announced leadership changes with two new promotions.
The state’s Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation said Chris Sewell would become the agency’s chief operating officer and Lynda Parven would be the new administrator of the agency’s Security Division. ‘use.
“As we make changes and move forward, we are looking for long-term staff so that DETR can fulfill all parts of its mission,” DETR Acting Director Elisa Cafferata said in a statement.
The DETR has filled key leadership positions left vacant in recent months as the agency recruited more staff to clear the unemployment backlog and stamp out fraud. Last month, DETR brought on Jenny Casselman as deputy director to oversee several programs and divisions of the department.
The latest upheaval at the DETR comes as Nevada’s unemployment rate in September fell to 12.6%, although up 8.9% year-over-year. The state rate is higher than the September national unemployment rate of 7.9% seasonally adjusted.
Since January, new claims for unemployment insurance and pandemic unemployment assistance have totaled 1.3 million. Nearly 217,000 Nevada residents have filed continuing claims as of October 24 under both programs.
Tuesday’s announcement of a new ESD administrator comes nearly two months after the DETR announced in September that two senior officials were leaving the agency. The administrator’s role is responsible for overseeing the state’s unemployment insurance program, which is responsible for collecting employment taxes and disbursing benefits.
Kimberly Gaa – who previously held the position and was on ‘extended leave’ in September – served as the agency’s de facto head for nearly seven weeks when DETR was left without a director until Governor Steve Sisolak appoints Cafferata as the new interim director in August. When asked if Gaa was still with the agency, a DETR spokeswoman said Tuesday that she does not comment on personnel matters.
Parven, who has spent nearly three decades working for the state and was previously deputy administrator of ESD, said she is looking forward to the new role.
“This year has brought unique challenges to the division, and I am dedicated to working with the rest of the administration to meet them,” she said in a statement.
Cafferata said that Parven’s experience at ESD “will help put the people of Nevada back to work.
Sewell, who was previously DETR’s legislative liaison, will continue in this role and will now also oversee the operations of and facilities, human resources, audits, etc. Cafferata said Sewell’s experience working with lawmakers “is critical as we head into the next legislative session.”