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Taxicab Authority administrator resigns

Charles Harvey, the Nevada Taxicab Authority’s administrator for the last 3½ years, announced Monday he is resigning the position, effective Friday.

Harvey did not say where he is going, but said in an email to the Taxicab Authority staff that he’s pursuing new challenges. He sent the email about 6 p.m., Monday, after most staff members had left for the day.

Harvey was well-supported by the five-member authority board but encountered frequent friction with the authority’s small law-enforcement staff, many of whom believed he was incapable of overseeing the force because he had no law enforcement experience or training.

Harvey had made the enforcement of long-hauling regulations one of his top priorities, but he had mixed results in his bid to stop cab drivers from transporting passengers on long routes that resulted in higher fares.

Harvey initiated the posting of an online long-hauling data base to help cab companies avoid hiring drivers who were fired by other companies for violations.

Under his leadership, Harvey had sporadic successes with long-hauling sting operations and the agency is in the midst of a pilot program to test software that monitors cabs in real time to prevent long-hauls.

One of Harvey’s top achievements was to successfully move the agency to a new headquarters in June. The move, he said, would improve the efficiency of the agency.

Late Monday, there was no official statement from the state Department of Business and Industry, which oversees the Taxicab Authority.

Contact reporter Richard N. Velotta at rvelotta@reviewjournal.com or 702-477-3893. Follow @RickVelotta on Twitter.

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