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Vegas constable settles with fired deputy

Las Vegas Township Constable John Bonaventura has settled a lawsuit with a former deputy who had sued him after being fired.

Ray Jacoby, the deputy, had alleged he was fired without due process after he had filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Jacoby filed the complaint after media reports surfaced in which Bonaventura is alleged to have called Jacoby the office’s “Jew.”

The stipulated agreement for the dismissal filed in court Wednesday doesn’t outline the confidential terms.

Ben Scroggins, Jacoby’s attorney, said his client is satisfied.

Jacoby alleged that he was improperly suspended in 2012 without receiving the required 48 hours to prepare for a hearing after a citizen complained about him. Jacoby subsequently was accused by the office of requesting confidential information about a person. However, he told the office he had requested staff to do a warrant check on a citizen at the person’s request.

The settlement doesn’t involve Clark County, which had paid $18,000 to settle its end of the case in 2013.

Bonaventura didn’t respond to a request for comment Wednesday.

Following a variety of high-profile controversies after Bonaventura’s election in 2010, county commissioners in March 2013 voted to abolish the office, effective when his term ends in January.

Contact Ben Botkin at bbotkin@reviewjournal.com or 702-405-9781. Find him on Twitter: @BenBotkin1.

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