Lawmaker pushes faster closure of Las Vegas Township constable’s office

CARSON CITY — A Clark County government official said Monday the county supports a bill by Sen. Michael Roberson, R-Las Vegas, to quickly abolish the Las Vegas Township constable’s office.

Michael Murphy, representing Clark County, said the county commission voted unanimously March 19 to abolish the office as of Jan. 4, 2015. That is the date when Constable John Bonaventura’s term in office ends.

Roberson’s bill would abolish the troubled office sooner, as of July 1, the start of the 2014 fiscal year.

Senate Bill 294 was heard by the Senate Government Affairs Committee. No immediate action was taken .

Roberson cited several problems with the office and said it is a public safety issue to allow the office to continue to operate.

He cited a profanity-filled venture into reality television, Bonaventura’s refusal to follow financial directives from the county and his attempt to pay his attorneys for legal work by deputizing them after a dispute with the county.

“The reckless behavior that I have seen over the last few years causes me great concern,” Roberson said.

Most citizens don’t realize the constables are not Las Vegas police, he said.

Bonaventura, who told the Review-Journal Roberson’s bill is not fair because it only targets his office, did not testify at the hearing.

Bonaventura is pursing legal action against the county after its decision. A court hearing is set for April 30.

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