Clark County Commissioner Lawrence Weekly resigned today from a $60,000-a-year, part-time job as Southern Nevada’s “green jobs training coordinator,” a contract awarded by the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation.
According to Larry Mosley, chief of the department, Weekly resigned on the advice of his lawyer over concerns that he, as an elected government official, was taking a state job.
Mosley said Weekly held the job for less than three weeks and has received a single payment of $1,866 for his work.
Weekly previously said that although he has seen other elected officials accept state contracts, he held off on accepting the offer because he feared a conflict of interest.
“I didn’t sign and start it until May,” Weekly had said. “I thought that might be a concern if I’m an elected official and working for the state.”
Weekly said he had asked the Clark County district attorney’s office for an opinion and was told that based on his role, there was not a conflict.
Mosley said he wanted someone with knowledge of the business community to talk to people in West Las Vegas who need jobs.
“I was not looking at it from a political practicality,” Mosley said.
There is currently a bill in the Legislature that would prohibit elected officials from contracting for state jobs.
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