Dawn Gibbons offers to stay in guest house

Kevin Clifford/Nevada Appeal The Mansion Guest Quarters is a single bedroom, single bathroom, building which is built behind the Governor's Mansion in Carson City.

Kevin Clifford/Nevada Appeal The Mansion Guest Quarters is a single bedroom, single bathroom, building which is built behind the Governor's Mansion in Carson City.

First lady Dawn Gibbons has offered her husband, Gov. Jim Gibbons, a compromise over who gets to stay in the Governor's Mansion while their divorce winds through court.

Dawn Gibbons' lawyer, Cal Dunlap, has filed a motion, saying she has agreed to stay in a guest house separate from the 23-room mansion so she can continue her duties as first lady.

The filing last week was in response to the governor's motion asking a judge to award him sole occupancy of the taxpayer-supported mansion and award his wife occupancy of the couple's Reno home, where the governor has been saying in recent months.

"He's always been welcome to stay there," Dunlap said of the governor. "He has left on his own.

"They both have business to conduct on behalf of the people of the state. She'll give him priority on everything he has to do for an official nature."

Dunlap said with staff and security on the grounds, there's no reason the couple shouldn't be able to get along.

"She's been easy to get along with despite what he's done," Dunlap said.

Jim Gibbons' spokesman Ben Kieckhefer wouldn't comment on the couple's personal life.

"The issue over the Governor's Mansion is something pending before the courts," Kieckhefer said.

"He's able to do his work for the government under whatever circumstances he decides to be in. He's made his intentions clear."

State law requires the governor live in Carson City.

Jim Gibbons said he has been living in Reno, which Kieckhefer described as a temporary situation. Jim Gibbons filed for divorce May 2, citing incompatibility. Dawn Gibbons later won a change of venue to Reno.

While Jim Gibbons wants his wife to stay in the couple's Reno home, Dawn Gibbons wants to sell that house. Dunlap said the Reno home is too big for Dawn Gibbons to maintain by herself.

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