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Elizabeth Barber has been named deputy director of Nevada’s Department of Administration.

She takes over the position formerly held by Andrew Clinger, who was promoted to director following the retirement of Perry Comeaux.

Barber has been with the budget division four years and in state service 23 years.

Both Clinger’s and Barber’s appointments become official following Comeaux’s last day Friday.

Lawyer suspended in embezzlement investigation

Sparks lawyer Richard L. Davenport has been suspended from practice pending resolution of disciplinary proceedings against him.

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Davenport stipulated to a petition in which he admitted embezzling substantial amounts of money from his client.

“We conclude that the documentation before us demonstrates that Davenport poses a substantial threat of serious harm and that his immediate temporary suspension is warranted,” the Supreme Court order states.

Davenport was general counsel to John Ascuaga’s Nugget in Sparks with an office in the resort’s administrative complex.

A spokesman at the Nugget said Davenport is no longer associated with the resort.

The order also prohibits Davenport from withdrawing any funds from his client trust account without written approval of the state bar or a judge.