Rickisha Hightower Named Interim Commissioner of Nevada Financial Institutions Division

Carson City, NV May 16, 2019

Department of Business and Industry Director Michael Brown has appointed Rickisha Hightower, Esq. as Interim Commissioner of the Financial Institutions Division (FID).  The appointment comes after FID Commissioner George Burns announced his resignation with an intent to retire from state service effective May 3.  Burns served nearly 12 years as Nevada’s top banking regulator.

Rickisha has served as FID deputy commissioner since December 2018. Prior to that she was a deputy attorney general with the Office of the Nevada Attorney General where her clients included the Nevada Mortgage Lending Division and the FID.  Before relocating to Las Vegas in 2015, she was a private practice attorney in Florida representing banks, mortgage servicers and brokers, and real estate investors.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Albany State University in Alabany, Ga. and a juris doctor from Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport Fla. Rickisha is licensed with the Florida Bar and U.S. Middle District of Florida and is the recipient of the Williams F. Blews Pro Bono Service and Public Service Fellow awards.

 “I want to extend my thanks to George for his years of service to the State of Nevada and the Financial Institutions Division. We wish him all the best in his retirement.” said Director Brown. “I appreciate Rickisha agreeing to serve as in this interim role to oversee the important and ongoing work of regulating Nevada’s financial institutions.”

A nation-wide recruitment will be opened to fill the vacancy. 

About the Financial Institutions Division

The Financial Institutions Division, a division of the Department of Business and Industry is mandated to maintain a financial institutions system for the citizens of Nevada that is safe and sound, protects consumers and defends the overall public interest.  The Division also promotes economic development through the efficient, effective and equitable licensing, examination and supervision of depository, fiduciary, and non-depository financial institutions. 


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Teri Williams
Public Information Officer