In the Review-Journal’s Tuesday story about former state lawmaker Morse Arberry, Nevada Controller Catherine Byrne states that a collection agency hired by her office was unable to collect on Mr. Arberry’s past-due debt.
Every year, our state, county and city purchasing departments contract with out-of-state collection agencies. They claim that, in accordance with Nevada law, they must choose the lowest-qualified bidder. What they do not take into account is that local licensed agencies employ Nevada consumers/debtors who pay taxes. Outsourcing the debt to other states is sending revenue to those states.
A Nevada agency would have known who Mr. Arberry is and would have had better knowledge of his assets than an agency in Chicago.
— The writer is president of the Nevada Collectors Association.