The Nevada State Board of Osteopathic Medicine has chosen a medical doctor as its new executive director.
Dr. Weldon “Don” Havins, a part-time Las Vegas ophthalmologist and an attorney, was hired Thursday night as the osteopathic board’s top administrator.
He will be paid $50,000 annually for working an expected 12 to 20 hours per week.
Havins replaces Dr. Larry Tarno, who is retiring after more than 20 years.
The seven-member osteopathic board licenses, monitors and disciplines doctors of osteopathy.
Havins was one of seven candidates to apply for the executive director position.
The two finalists for the position were Havins and Dr. Lawrence D’Antonio.
Although D’Antonio was highly qualified, and a doctor of osteopathic medicine, the board decided on Havins because of his background as an attorney and his experience working with the Legislature.
Havins also teaches part time at Touro University Nevada.