Governor Sisolak appointed Deonne Contine as Director of the Department of Administration in February of 2019. She previously served in leadership at the Nevada Department of Taxation from 2012-2108. She was the Executive Director for over 3 years where she oversaw several tax and regulatory program changes. Prior to her appointment as Director, she was a deputy director, then chief deputy for almost two and a half years. Deonne’s leadership at Taxation coincided with tremendous growth at the agency – including the implementation of the Commerce Tax enacted by the 2015 Legislature and of Question 2 enacted by initiative vote during the 2016 election.
From 2007-2012, Deonne was an attorney in the Nevada Attorney General’s office where she served as legal counsel to, among others, the Public Employee’s Benefits program, boards and commissions related to real estate regulation, the Department of Business and Industry and the Department of Taxation. Deonne counseled her board clients on open meeting law and provisions related to their statutory duties. She represented her agency clients on day to day legal issues and before administrative bodies and in Nevada State courts. During her tenure at the Attorney General’s office, she won three cases before the Nevada Supreme Court in which she obtained reversals of District Court decisions that were issued against her clients.
After graduating from law school, Deonne served as a Judicial Law Clerk in the 8th Judicial District Court in Las Vegas from July 2005 to August 2006.
Deonne Contine was born and raised in Las Vegas. She obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a Juris Doctorate from the William S. Boyd School of Law at UNLV.