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Sandoval Says He'll Name Collins Replacement By September 1

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Gov. Brian Sandoval says he'll appoint someone to replace former Clark County Commissioner Tom Collins before Sept. 1.

The Republican governor announced his timeline on Tuesday, a day after Collins suddenly resigned his post with more than a year left in his term. Sept. 1 is the next scheduled commission meeting.

Collins' two-sentence resignation letter said he was leaving because of family matters over the next few months that would affect his ability to serve his constituents.

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Collins served in the Nevada Assembly before taking the post as a Clark County Commissioner in 2005. The outspoken, cowboy hat-wearing Democrat was most recently elected to a four-year term in 2012.

He represented Clark County District B, which includes the northeastern part of the county.