Keith Kizer, the Executive Director of the Nevada Athletic Commission, has resigned his position. He will continue his role until Jan. 27, but then move back to the Nevada Attorney General’s office, where he was once Chief Deputy Attorney General of Nevada’s Gaming Division.
The news was announced via email on Friday, and Kizer confirmed the details, including his move back to the state attorney general’s office, to MMAWeekly.com.
Kizer has served as the commission’s executive director since 2006, overseeing mixed martial arts and boxing events in the state.
Kizer has largely been the face of the commission during his tenure, often becoming the focal point of scrutiny when judging and refereeing issues came to a head, as well as with drug testing and other licensing related issues.
Despite public criticism from the likes of UFC president Dana White, Kizer gave no indication that had anything to do with his leaving.
“Just going back to lawyering,” he told MMAWeekly.com when asked why he was resigning as executive director.
A search for his replacement is already underway.