CARSON CITY — Assemblyman Steven Brooks, facing possible removal from the state Legislature, no longer works for the city of Las Vegas.
City spokesman Jace Radke did not reveal the circumstances that led to Brooks’ losing his management analyst job with the city. He would only say Brooks “is no longer a city employee” as of last Thursday.
“In keeping with standard practice regarding personnel matters, the city is unable to elaborate further on his separation from the organization,” Radke said.
Brooks’ attorney, Mitchell Posin, called the firing “unfortunate” and said he will meet with Brooks before deciding whether to challenge it.
The Assembly Select Committee, made up of Democrats and Republicans, has been appointed to consider removing Brooks, D-North Las Vegas, from office. That committee will not meet this week because the investigation has not been completed, said Assembly Majority Leader William Horne, D-Las Vegas. Horne chairs the committee, and Las Vegas attorney Mark Ferrario has been appointed independent counsel to review Brooks’ behavior.
Horne added he also wants to wait until adequate notice is given so that Brooks and others can attend the meeting. Under the state constitution, each house with consent of at least two-thirds of the members can expel a legislator.
Brooks, 40, initially came under fire Jan. 19 when he was arrested in North Las Vegas after allegations were made that he threatened Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick, D-North Las Vegas.
Posin last week filed a writ with the Supreme Court challenging the decision by the Assembly to place Brooks on administrative leave and ban him from the Legislative Building.
Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said last week that Brooks will be charged with resisting a public officer with use of a firearm, assault on an officer, battery domestic violence and obstructing a police officer. The resisting an officer charge is a felony; the others are misdemeanors and gross misdemeanors. The charges stem from his Feb. 10 arrest after a dispute with his wife in their home.
Brooks has been absent from the Legislature since Feb. 7. None of his 13 bills has been introduced. His office is closed, and there are no staff members to take constituent calls.
He has missed two major Assembly votes, one to change a local government revenue-sharing formula, which has financial implications for the city of North Las Vegas, and another legalizing online poker.
Brooks had worked for Las Vegas since 2007. He had made $57,000 a year as an unemployment representative, but in 2011 took at job as a management analyst 1. He earned only $32,600 in that job last year but missed most of the year when he requested leave.
The Associated Press and Review-Journal writer Sean Whaley contributed to this report. Contact Capital Bureau Chief Ed Vogel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 775-687-3900.