Jim Wells, CPA, Director Governor's Finance Office
Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval appointed Jim Wells Director of the newly formed Governor’s Finance Office on July 1, 2015. The Director also serves as the State’s Budget Director.
Mr. Wells served as Director of Administration for Governor Sandoval from March 2, 2015 to June 30, 2015 where he oversaw the State budget as well as the management of the human resources, grant management, information technology, purchasing, risk management, public works, buildings and grounds, internal audit, hearings and appeals, victims of crimes and library and archives divisions. The legislatively approved split of the Governor’s Finance Office, consisting of the budget and internal audit divisions, from the Department of Administration was effective July 1, 2015.
Prior to his appointment as Director of Administration, Mr. Wells served as Executive Officer for the State’s Public Employees’ Benefits Program (PEBP) for over four years managing the health care benefits for over 65,000 employees, retirees and dependents. Mr. Wells also previously served as the Deputy Superintendent for Administration and Finance for the Nevada Department of Education, the Chief Financial Officer for PEBP and the Chief Deputy State Controller. Mr. Wells has over 23 years of governmental accounting experience serving in various capacities with the State of Nevada, the University of Nevada, Reno and the city of Roanoke, Virginia.
Mr. Wells received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Nevada, Reno and is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Nevada.