Public official – Dawn For Governor http://dawnforgovernor.org/ Mon, 14 Nov 2022 20:57:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://dawnforgovernor.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-1.png Public official – Dawn For Governor http://dawnforgovernor.org/ 32 32 Bronze statue of Nettie Depp, Kentucky’s first elected woman public servant, dedicated at the State Capitol https://dawnforgovernor.org/bronze-statue-of-nettie-depp-kentuckys-first-elected-woman-public-servant-dedicated-at-the-state-capitol/ Sun, 13 Nov 2022 00:11:15 +0000 https://dawnforgovernor.org/bronze-statue-of-nettie-depp-kentuckys-first-elected-woman-public-servant-dedicated-at-the-state-capitol/ By Tom Latekkentucky today The first statue of a woman to grace the state capitol was unveiled this week in a ceremony honoring Nettie Depp, Kentucky’s first elected female public servant. “Nettie Depp was a pioneer in public education in Kentucky, serving as an elected school principal in Barren County, years before women won the […]]]>

By Tom Latek
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The first statue of a woman to grace the state capitol was unveiled this week in a ceremony honoring Nettie Depp, Kentucky’s first elected female public servant.

“Nettie Depp was a pioneer in public education in Kentucky, serving as an elected school principal in Barren County, years before women won the right to vote,” said the Governor Andy Beshear during the ceremony. “She is a distinguished Kentucky public figure, and we are proud to honor her with Kentucky’s first woman’s monument installed in the State House.”

Nettie Depp’s statue was unveiled at the State Capitol. She was the first woman to be elected to public office. (Kentucky Today/Tom Latek)

First Lady Britainy Beshear said: “As the mother of two young public school pupils, I am aware that who and what we choose to recognize and honor can influence the perspective of our children. I am so honored to be part of this historic unveiling of a monument to a Kentucky educator. And while this statue honors Nettie Depp and all she stood for and accomplished, it also marks a small step in honoring the contributions of women throughout Kentucky’s history.

Lieutenant Governor Jacqueline Coleman, a teacher, coach and school administrator whose office is just steps from the statue, said: “As a young girl, I often came to Frankfurt with my father to visit the Capitol and , even when young, I was struck by the absence of women among those who were chosen to be honored with a statue. My young daughter and others like her will not remember a time when the Capitol did not include a permanent monument honoring a woman from Kentucky. And as a teacher myself, I also think it’s fortuitous that his dedication comes just as we prepare to celebrate American Education Week.

Born in Barren County in 1874, Depp received her degree in education from Western Kentucky State Normal School, now known as Western Kentucky University in 1908.

Throughout her professional career as an educator, Depp has supported fair pay for teachers and been a tireless advocate for public education.

In 1914, she took over as head of schools in Barren County, becoming the county’s first elected woman official, six years before the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.

She then served as principal of Cave City School until 1923. While principal of Scottsville High School in Allen County, her career in public education was cut short due to a illness in 1931. Depp died of breast cancer in 1932 at the age of 57.

The nearly 7-foot bronze statue of Depp now stands in the vestibule of the Capitol’s west entrance. It is adjacent to the hallway that displays the more than 60 portraits that make up the Kentucky Women Remembered exhibit, which was installed in the West Wing of the Capitol in 1996.

So far, the only other permanently installed marker in the Capitol honoring a woman is a plaque of the late Thelma Stovall, who in 1975 was Kentucky’s first female lieutenant governor.

The Nettie Depp project started in 2014.

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Mandatory 4-month cap before prosecuting public official: Supreme Court https://dawnforgovernor.org/mandatory-4-month-cap-before-prosecuting-public-official-supreme-court/ Tue, 11 Oct 2022 16:01:44 +0000 https://dawnforgovernor.org/mandatory-4-month-cap-before-prosecuting-public-official-supreme-court/ The bench heard the call of a government official Vijay Rajamohan. (Representative) New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday said the four-month statutory provision to grant a sanction to prosecute government officials in criminal cases, including corruption cases, was “binding”, saying the delay in prosecuting the corrupt “creates a culture of impunity” and leads to […]]]>

The bench heard the call of a government official Vijay Rajamohan. (Representative)

New Delhi:

The Supreme Court on Tuesday said the four-month statutory provision to grant a sanction to prosecute government officials in criminal cases, including corruption cases, was “binding”, saying the delay in prosecuting the corrupt “creates a culture of impunity” and leads to “a systemic resignation” to the existence of corruption in public life.

The High Court, in a landmark verdict, ruled: “The competent authority will be responsible for the delay and will be subject to judicial review and administrative action by the Central Vigilance Commission under the CVC Act.” A bench of judges BR Gavai and PS Narasimha, in their 30-page verdict, however, said that while the delay in granting the sanction to prosecute could be challenged in the high courts and the supreme court, it would not be a ground for annulment of criminal proceedings against officials.

He said the sanctioning authority must bear in mind that public confidence in the maintenance of the rule of law, which is fundamental in the administration of justice, is at stake here.

“By causing a delay in considering the sanction application, the sanctioning authority stifles judicial review, thereby vitiating the process of determining the allegations against the corrupt official,” he said.

“Delays in prosecuting the corrupt breed a culture of impunity and lead to a systemic resignation to the existence of corruption in public life. Such inaction risks making future generations accustomed to corruption as a way of life. Seen in this context, the duty to make a prompt decision is inherent in the power conferred on the appointing authority to grant or not to grant a sanction,” he said.

A period of three months, extended by an additional month for legal consultation, is available to appointing authorities to grant sanction to the CBI and other investigative agencies to prosecute officials in criminal cases in under Article 197 of the Code of Criminal Procedure and Article 97 of the Prevention Law. corruption law.

The bench was hearing an appeal by government official Vijay Rajamohan against a Madras High Court verdict.

The HC had allowed CBI’s appeal against a trial court order that acquitted Vijay Rajamohan on the grounds that the prosecution sanction was flawed due to failure to apply the spirit in a disproportionate assets case of Rs 79.17 lakh.

The CBI had made the request for sanction for the purpose of prosecution on September 8, 2015 and it was granted on July 24, 2017 after a delay of one year and ten months.

He dismissed the appeal and left it to the accused official to seek appropriate relief.

The court dealt with legal issues, including whether the statutory time limit for the appointing authority to decide on a sanction request is mandatory or not.

“The … answer to the question is to say that the three-month period, extended by an additional month for legal consultation, is mandatory. The consequence of failure to comply with this mandatory requirement will not be the cancellation of criminal proceedings for this very reason. The competent authority will be responsible for the delay and will be subject to judicial review and administrative action by the CVC…”, he said.

The court also considered that at the expiration of the legal period, the injured party, whether the plaintiff, the accused or the victim, would have the right to seize the relevant high court.

Aggrieved parties have the right to seek appropriate remedies, including action guidelines on the sanction request and for corrective action on the liability of the sanctioning authority.

“This is particularly crucial if the non-granting of the sanction is unreasonably withheld, resulting in the cover-up of a genuine case of corruption. Simultaneously, the CVC must investigate the matter in exercise of its powers under …and take such corrective action as empowered under the CVC Act,” he said.

He also said that the statutory scheme under which the appointing authority could seek and consider the advice of the CVC could not be characterized as a dictated act or a factor that could be characterized as an irrelevant consideration.

“The opinion of the CVC is only advisory. It nevertheless constitutes a valuable contribution to the decision-making process of the appointing authority. The final decision of the appointing authority must be its own by application of a spirit of independence. It is act therefore , replied judging that there is no illegality in the action of the appointing authority, the DoPT, if it requests, returns and considers the opinion of the Central Vigilance Commission …”, did he declare.

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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Official charged with Vegas murder faces job ouster https://dawnforgovernor.org/official-charged-with-vegas-murder-faces-job-ouster/ Wed, 05 Oct 2022 17:33:00 +0000 https://dawnforgovernor.org/official-charged-with-vegas-murder-faces-job-ouster/ LAS VEGAS, AP — A judge ruled Wednesday that a local official accused of killing a Las Vegas reporter last month could be removed from his post as Clark County public administrator. Robert Telles has been jailed without bond for murder since September 7, five days after Review-Journal reporter Jeff German, 69, was stabbed outside […]]]>

LAS VEGAS, AP — A judge ruled Wednesday that a local official accused of killing a Las Vegas reporter last month could be removed from his post as Clark County public administrator.

Robert Telles has been jailed without bond for murder since September 7, five days after Review-Journal reporter Jeff German, 69, was stabbed outside his home and found dead the next day.

Authorities say Telles’ DNA was found on German’s body during an autopsy and evidence was found at his home linking him to the murder.

Prosecutors said the German’s reporting on disputes in the public administrator’s office likely contributed to Telles’ defeat in the June Democratic primary election.

District Court Judge David Jones heard arguments from the district attorney’s office and an attorney for Telles on whether the county had grounds to seek the removal of 45-year-old Telles. whose term ends on December 31.

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The county filed an impeachment request for Telles last month, saying he was unable to carry out his job responsibilities and had been negligent in his duties.

Telles heads the county office that manages the assets of people who died without a will or family contacts.

Authorities said the county will now move forward with appointing someone to fill the end of Telles’ term, which expires Jan. 1 when the new public trustee elected in the Nov. 8 general election takes office.

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Kentucky state senator, longtime public servant resigns for seat | State https://dawnforgovernor.org/kentucky-state-senator-longtime-public-servant-resigns-for-seat-state/ Mon, 26 Sep 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://dawnforgovernor.org/kentucky-state-senator-longtime-public-servant-resigns-for-seat-state/ (The Center Square) – Kentucky State Senator CB Embry, Jr. announced his sudden resignation on Monday. The Morgantown Republican had been in the Senate since 2015, but his public service resume spanned nearly 50 years, dating back to his election as mayor of Beaver Dam, a town in western Kentucky, in 1970. Embry previously announced […]]]>

(The Center Square) – Kentucky State Senator CB Embry, Jr. announced his sudden resignation on Monday.

The Morgantown Republican had been in the Senate since 2015, but his public service resume spanned nearly 50 years, dating back to his election as mayor of Beaver Dam, a town in western Kentucky, in 1970.

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No public official, from the president to the proletariat, can ever be convicted of a crime https://dawnforgovernor.org/no-public-official-from-the-president-to-the-proletariat-can-ever-be-convicted-of-a-crime/ Fri, 23 Sep 2022 06:03:19 +0000 https://dawnforgovernor.org/no-public-official-from-the-president-to-the-proletariat-can-ever-be-convicted-of-a-crime/ Dear Editor, For many years, spanning multiple regimes, a large number of cases were dismissed or attenuated unnecessarily resulting in an absurdly small fraction of the prison sentence compared to the sentence that would be imposed by the original charge. The recent dismissal of the case against the Permanent Secretary of the Department of Native […]]]>

Dear Editor,

For many years, spanning multiple regimes, a large number of cases were dismissed or attenuated unnecessarily resulting in an absurdly small fraction of the prison sentence compared to the sentence that would be imposed by the original charge. The recent dismissal of the case against the Permanent Secretary of the Department of Native American Affairs, Sharon Hicks, who was arrested by police after allegedly demanding bribes from a businessman who paid for with marked notes recovered by the police during an undercover operation is a total calamity. The businessman who contacted the police refused to testify, hence the dismissal.

Guyana is a country where corruption is rightly considered to be endemic in all public sectors. Imagine a senior government official caught in an undercover operation with bills that were marked by the police, charged with the alleged act of corruption, and having the charge dismissed because the businessman refused to testify and is not compelled by the court to do so. The law provides that a witness can be compelled to testify as long as they are a competent and capable witness, subject to two exceptions: a spouse and/or a mentally incapable person.

Another case in the prosecution’s litany of acrobatics is the manslaughter plea of ​​Kurt Erskine, the killer who left his home on July 05, 2015, armed himself with a gun and walked miles and shot Ganesh Ramlall (Boyo) to death at La Jalousie, West Coast Demerara. He pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter and was sentenced to 15 years in a most bizarre decision and sentence handed down by Judge Simone Morris Ramlall in 2021. The Citi-Mall owner was shot dead eight time ! Faizal Bacchus, lookout/informant released (sentenced to jail) after pleading lesser count of manslaughter when it was a clear case of conspiracy to premeditated murder ! Lenox Roberts, the third person charged with the murder, received a similar slap on the wrist in what is clearly a conspiracy to commit murder case.

Just a month ago, the DPP reported that notorious whistleblower Detective Sergeant Orin Bascom, who said some $30 million had been paid to cover up the murder of Fagundes, who was shot a block from the president’s official residence, would face misconduct charges. It is quite clear that in Guyana, a country covered with intermediaries and corruption, no public official, from the president to the proletariat, can be convicted of any crime and the whole hierarchy of agents of power can continue to be unjust. .

Sincerely,

Leyland Chitlall Roopnaraine

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DeSantis suspends another official from his duties | Florida https://dawnforgovernor.org/desantis-suspends-another-official-from-his-duties-florida/ Wed, 21 Sep 2022 18:47:00 +0000 https://dawnforgovernor.org/desantis-suspends-another-official-from-his-duties-florida/ (The Center Square) – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis suspended another public official, this time Miami-Dade-District 11 County Commissioner Jose Angel Martinez, after his arrest Aug. 30. Martinez was arrested “for felony of unlawful compensation for official conduct … and conspiracy to commit unlawful compensation,” in violation of state laws, which are second and third degree […]]]>

(The Center Square) – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis suspended another public official, this time Miami-Dade-District 11 County Commissioner Jose Angel Martinez, after his arrest Aug. 30.

Martinez was arrested “for felony of unlawful compensation for official conduct … and conspiracy to commit unlawful compensation,” in violation of state laws, which are second and third degree felonies, the office said. of the governor.

DeSantis’ communications director released a statement saying that “it is in the best interest of the people of Miami-Dade County that Martinez be immediately suspended from the public office he holds” and that his replacement be named in the next weeks.

Martinez first held his nonpartisan District 11 seat in 2000. He ran for Congress in 2014 as a Republican and lost. He then ran for county commissioner again in 2016 and won. He was re-elected in 2020.

According to his arrest warrant, Martinez allegedly accepted a total of $15,000 in payments from a supermarket and an owner who was fighting a county order and subsequent fines for violating, NBC News Miami reported. The owner is said to have made the payments while pressuring the commissioners to change the order.

Martinez’s attorney, Benedict Kuehne, released a statement saying the charges were “baseless” and “baseless”. While Martinez is eager to clear his name, Kuehne said, he’s also supportive of whoever DeSantis chooses to replace him.

“The commissioner offers his support to anyone the governor decides to appoint to the Miami-Dade County District 11 headquarters,” Kuehne said. “The most important issue continues to be providing services and protecting the well-being of District 11 residents and our entire community.

“Commissioner Martinez looks forward to being fully exonerated and cleared of any wrongdoing. He has dedicated his entire adult life to serving the best interests of the public and he is touched by the outpouring of support and trust from locals. of District 11 and all of Miami. -Dade County.”

According to Article IV, Section 7(a) of the Florida Constitution, the governor may suspend from office any county officer for committing a felony.

DeSantis did so by executive order, which prohibits Martinez “from performing any official act, duty or function of public office; to receive remuneration or an allowance; and not to be entitled to any emoluments or privileges of public service during the period of such suspension.

Martinez is the latest to lose his job after the governor issued executive orders last month to suspend four members of the Broward County School Board “for their incompetence, negligence and abuse of authority” and to suspend State’s Attorney Andrew Warren of the 13th Judicial Circuit is citing “negligence of duty” for swearing not to prosecute people who violate the state’s new abortion ban law.

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Former Spring Lake official pleads guilty to embezzling more than half a million dollars from the city | USAO-EDNC https://dawnforgovernor.org/former-spring-lake-official-pleads-guilty-to-embezzling-more-than-half-a-million-dollars-from-the-city-usao-ednc/ Wed, 21 Sep 2022 15:49:43 +0000 https://dawnforgovernor.org/former-spring-lake-official-pleads-guilty-to-embezzling-more-than-half-a-million-dollars-from-the-city-usao-ednc/ RALEIGH, NC — Former City of Spring Lake CFO and Accounting Technician Gay Cameron Tucker pleaded guilty today to embezzling more than $500,000 from the City of Spring Lake between 2016 and 2021. . “Officials are responsible for protecting public funds,” said U.S. Attorney Michael Easley. “This defendant betrayed the public trust by using public […]]]>

RALEIGH, NC — Former City of Spring Lake CFO and Accounting Technician Gay Cameron Tucker pleaded guilty today to embezzling more than $500,000 from the City of Spring Lake between 2016 and 2021. .

“Officials are responsible for protecting public funds,” said U.S. Attorney Michael Easley. “This defendant betrayed the public trust by using public funds intended for her local community to pay for her own personal expenses. Public corruption is a crime that affects us all and undermines our public institutions. Our office will continue to partner with law enforcement to investigate allegations of public corruption in any form.

Tucker, 64, of Fayetteville, wrote checks from city bank accounts for his personal use, forging the signatures of other city officials, including the mayor and city manager. These fake checks were made out to her, used to cover her personal expenses, and deposited in bank accounts she controlled.

Tucker pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement from a local government receiving federal funds and one count of aggravated identity theft. Tucker faces up to 12 years in prison.

Michael Easley, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, made the announcement. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating the case, and Assistant U.S. Attorneys William M. Gilmore and Karen Haughton are prosecuting the case.

Court documents and related information can be found on the website of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina Or on PACER by looking up the case number 5:22-CR-00118.

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Butler County official charged with having unlawful interest in public contract https://dawnforgovernor.org/butler-county-official-charged-with-having-unlawful-interest-in-public-contract/ Wed, 14 Sep 2022 21:22:00 +0000 https://dawnforgovernor.org/butler-county-official-charged-with-having-unlawful-interest-in-public-contract/ A Butler County elected official has been charged with allegedly using his authority for the benefit of himself and his family, the Butler County Sheriff and Butler County District Attorney announced Wednesday. The Butler County grand jury charged Alan Daniel, 76, with seven counts, including charges of having an unlawful interest in a public contract […]]]>

A Butler County elected official has been charged with allegedly using his authority for the benefit of himself and his family, the Butler County Sheriff and Butler County District Attorney announced Wednesday. The Butler County grand jury charged Alan Daniel, 76, with seven counts, including charges of having an unlawful interest in a public contract and using or authorizing the use of his authority or the influence of his office to obtain anything of value. recently resigned, and his participation as a voting member of the Madison Township Trustees Board of Directors has personally benefited him and/or a family member. Daniel has been an elected Madison Township administrator for approximately 29 years. The investigation leading to the indictment was conducted by the Butler County Sheriff with the Ohio Ethics Commission over the past year.

A Butler County elected official has been charged with allegedly using his authority for the benefit of himself and his family, the Butler County Sheriff and Butler County District Attorney announced Wednesday.

The Butler County grand jury charged Alan Daniel, 76, with seven counts, including charges of having an unlawful interest in a public contract and of using or authorizing the use of his authority or the influence of his office to obtain something of value.

The offenses allege Daniel’s participation as a voting member of the Butler County Board of Appeals, from which he recently resigned, and his participation as a voting member of the Madison Township Board of Directors which benefited him and /or a family member. personally.

Daniel has been an elected Madison Township administrator for approximately 29 years. The investigation leading to the indictment was conducted by the Butler County Sheriff with the Ohio Ethics Commission over the past year.

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Las Vegas official arrested on suspicion of murder in death of investigative journalist https://dawnforgovernor.org/las-vegas-official-arrested-on-suspicion-of-murder-in-death-of-investigative-journalist/ Tue, 13 Sep 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://dawnforgovernor.org/las-vegas-official-arrested-on-suspicion-of-murder-in-death-of-investigative-journalist/ LAS VEGAS — Five days after the violent murder of investigative journalist Jeff German, police have arrested an elected official who had been the subject of a series of high-profile stories by the slain journalist that revealed allegations of intimidation and retaliation. Clark County Public Administrator Robert Telles was taken into custody by the Las […]]]>

LAS VEGAS — Five days after the violent murder of investigative journalist Jeff German, police have arrested an elected official who had been the subject of a series of high-profile stories by the slain journalist that revealed allegations of intimidation and retaliation.

Clark County Public Administrator Robert Telles was taken into custody by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department at his home in West Las Vegas around 6:30 p.m., just hours after the investigators had completed the search of his property.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal, where German, 69, had worked for decades, was first to report news of the arrest. Telles, 45, had been at the center of German’s reporting on the unrest, including complaints of administrative intimidation, favoritism and Telles’ relationship with a junior employee at the county office that handles the estates of people who have died without a will. or family contacts.

Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo told the newspaper that Telles was arrested on suspicion of murder. Lombardo was expected to give more details at a press conference on Thursday morning.

Earlier in the day, officers descended on Telles’ two-story home around 7 a.m., searching the nearly 3,000 square foot property for more than six hours before a red GMC Yukon Denali was towed away .

The GMC, which had been parked in the driveway of Telles, matched the description of a vehicle that police believe could be linked to German’s murder: a red or maroon 2007-2014 Denali with chrome handles, a sunroof and roof bars.

Telles, a lawyer who practiced inheritance and probate law, won his elected post in 2018, replacing a public administrator for three terms. He lost his June party primary to Deputy Public Administrator Rita Reid. Telles’ term expires on December 31.

In the weeks leading up to the election, German reports of an office “bogged down in turmoil and internal dissension” between longtime employees and new hires under Telles.

Telles blamed the “elders” for exaggerating the extent of his relationship with an employee and falsely claiming that he abused them.

“All of my new hires are super happy and everyone is productive and doing well,” he told the newspaper. “We have almost doubled productivity in the office.”

Telles then posted complaints on Twitter about German, the Review-Journal reported, including claims in June that German was a bully who was “obsessed” with him.

German, a journalist known for his tenacity, was working on follow-up reports, the newspaper said Wednesday, and recently filed public records requests for emails and text messages between Telles and three other county officials, including Reid. and consultant Michael Murphy.

Wednesday’s police search came less than 24 hours after the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department released the description of the vehicle, along with a surveillance photo, at a press conference where the captain of Police Dori Koren reassured the public that investigators were working “non-stop” to solve the case. .

Shortly after police completed their search, Telles was dropped off in a white sedan, dressed in a white jumpsuit as he ignored reporters camped out on his street.

Police returned two hours later, but Telles did not answer the door after an officer repeatedly knocked, identifying himself as “Subway Police!”

Within minutes, a swarm of additional police in marked and unmarked vehicles arrived and registered the area for the second time. The scene remained relatively stagnant for about an hour until, around 5:45 p.m., police cordoned off the entire neighborhood.

As reporters and residents left the area, armored SWAT vehicles and ambulances arrived.

German, 69, was found dead on September 3 with stab wounds outside his home, about five miles from Telles’ home, according to police. Authorities believe he was killed a day earlier in a “late morning” altercation.

After the Review-Journal published the articles on the Office of the Clark County Public AdministratorTelles publicly lambasted German in a series of Twitter posts.

Asked at Tuesday’s press conference whether German’s death could have been prompted by his high-profile stories, Koren said detectives “are not ruling anything out at this time.”

German was known for his stories exposing government misdeeds and political scandals. His journalism career spanned four decades, including stints at the Las Vegas Sun before joining the Review-Journal.

Rio Lacanlale is the Las Vegas correspondent for the Reno Gazette Journal and the USA TODAY Network. Contact her at rlacanlale@gannett.com or on Twitter @riolacanlale.

Contributor: Associated Press

This article originally appeared on Reno Gazette Journal: Las Vegas police raid county official’s home after journalist’s death

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Las Vegas official arrested for murder of journalist, allegedly https://dawnforgovernor.org/las-vegas-official-arrested-for-murder-of-journalist-allegedly/ Sun, 11 Sep 2022 19:10:57 +0000 https://dawnforgovernor.org/las-vegas-official-arrested-for-murder-of-journalist-allegedly/ HipHopWired Featured Video CLOSE Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal/Getty A city official Las Vegas, Nevada was arrested for his alleged involvement in the murder of a journalist days after the individual was found dead at his home. According reports, Clark County Public Administrator Robert Telles was arrested and taken to the Clark County Detention Center on […]]]>

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A city official Las Vegas, Nevada was arrested for his alleged involvement in the murder of a journalist days after the individual was found dead at his home.

According reports, Clark County Public Administrator Robert Telles was arrested and taken to the Clark County Detention Center on Wednesday evening (September 7). His arrest was linked to the murder of Las Vegas Review-Journal journalist Jeff German. German, whose investigative reporting on Telles cast him in an unfavorable light that led him to third place in a Democratic primary in June, was found stabbed to death outside his home in a northwest neighborhood of Las Vegas Saturday morning (September 3).

Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo spoke at a press conference on Thursday (September 8th) about how the “terrible and shocking homicide” sent chills through many in the city government. “Every murder is tragic, but the murder of a journalist is particularly embarrassing,” he said, offering his condolences to German’s family and his colleagues at the Review-Journal. “We are relieved that Telles is in police custody and outraged that a colleague appears to have been killed for whistleblowing an elected official. Journalists cannot do the important work that our communities need if they fear that a presentation of the facts does not result in violent retaliation. We thank the Las Vegas police for their urgency and hard work and for immediately recognizing the terrible significance of Jeff’s murder,” said Review-Journal editor Glenn Cook.

Police also announced Thursday that Telles’ DNA was found at the scene of the assault, and apparently under German’s fingernails, suggesting he was trying to defend himself after he was stabbed seven times. Telles had publicly blamed German for his reporting, even going so far as to continuously harass him via Twitter in June, claiming German was a “bully” with a vendetta against him. At the time of his death, German was working on a follow-up story on Telles following his election defeat.

Clark County officials spoke to the press, saying they were discussing legal options regarding Telles’ employment status. “The safety of our county employees and the public is our top priority, and the county has suspended Mr. Telles’ access to county offices or property,” they said in a news release. After German’s initial reporting of Telles’ misconduct, a decision was made for staff in the public administrator’s office to cease reporting to Telles.

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