Titus out at Supreme Court | RecordCourier.com

Titus out at Supreme Court

by Geoff Dornan
gdornan@nevadaappeal.com

Ron Titus has been terminated as head of the Supreme Court’s Administrative Office of the Courts in what was described as a major shake-up.

Chief Justice Michael Douglas confirmed Friday that Titus was removed from that position this week, but citing personnel rules, declined any comment on the reasons for the decision.

Titus, 63, has been director of AOC, which manages administrative matters for not only the Supreme Court but Nevada’s district and justice courts, since December 2001.

Several court employees said the termination was for cause, but that they didn’t know exactly what that cause was. They said Titus’s removal came as a surprise to staff

“The court felt it was time for a change and I understand that,” he said Friday.

AOC has 85 full-time equivalent employees. It provides administrative support for the Supreme Court and district court system including budgeting, financial oversight, personnel, payroll functions and information technology services. Its budget is funded from administrative assessments collected by district and justice courts for everything from traffic tickets to fines in felony cases.

AOC manages the total court system budget, which is just under $120 million a biennium. More than half that total consists of district judges’ salaries. As director, Titus was paid $123,783 a year.

Titus’s deputy Robin Sweet has been named interim director until a permanent replacement is selected.