Dr. Dane S. Claussen, Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada, has resigned effective January 31, 2013.

Dr. Claussen, who has been Executive Director since January 2011, cited personal reasons for resigning, and said he will be immediately relocating from Las Vegas.

“The ACLU of Nevada has accomplished a great deal in the last nearly two years,” Dr. Claussen said. He pointed to the ACLU’s work on 145 bills in the 2011 Legislature; working with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department on officer cameras, use-of-force policy changes, and voluntary guidelines for handbillers on the Las Vegas Strip; filing of a petition, together with the NAACP of Las Vegas, with the federal Department of Justice for a civil rights investigation of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department; completion of the monitoring (under a lawsuit settlement) of medical care, finally deemed adequate, at the Ely State Prison; success in pressuring the Nevada Equal Rights Commission to handle discrimination complaints from public schools; voter protection work during early voting and on Election Day 2012; significantly increasing communications with ACLU members, donors, and the news media; and numerous other legal, lobbying, public education, and media relations accomplishments.

“I will be leaving the ACLU of Nevada in the excellent hands of the Board of Directors and staff, and will look forward to following the ACLU of Nevada’s work for years to come,” Dr. Claussen said.

“The Nevada ACLU Affiliate is grateful for Dane’s dedication and commitment to protecting and advancing the rights of all Nevadans during his tenure,” said Robert N. Chester, ACLU of Nevada President. “The Board of Directors will continue to build the organization’s capacity and resources as we begin the search for a new Executive Director.”