A retired police officer and a former security supervisor for the Hoover Dam checkpoint are pitted against each other in the Nov. 2 election for Boulder City constable.
Republican Steve Hampe, who is the chief deputy constable and a former Boulder City police officer, takes on Independent American Party challenger Mike Plott, who worked for the state’s prison system. Plott pledges to work the first six months of his term for free if elected.
The race marks a turnaround for the office, which has been plagued by controversy after the former constable, Larry Markotay, resigned in March. He was accused of burglary, grand larceny and possession of property in connection with an incident at his ex-girlfriend’s home. Also, he was accused of fleeing the scene after a Feb. 22 crash involving his duty vehicle.
Hampe’s platform involves changing the warrant system to incorporate telephone and mailing options; extending the office to helping court functions; adding more services; and helping the police while still performing the office’s daily operations.
Hampe said he was instrumental in getting a new software system that allows better record keeping and allows county officials to check on the office.
“It’s checks and balances,” Hampe said. “It allows us to be more efficient. We can view what we’ve done in the past rather than manually with a file cabinet.”
Plott touts his law enforcement administrative skills and his business savvy. He created an Internet sales program through eBay that gains profits for the city from confiscated airport passenger items sold online. He wants to attract volunteer deputies, to cut costs for the office, and promises to apply for grants and other federal funding to make money in between.
“I sincerely want to make Boulder City a better place for everybody,” Plott said.
There is no Democratic challenger.
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Constables serve Justice Court orders, including arrest warrants, garnishments of wages and evictions. The Las Vegas Township constable is paid $103,456 per year while others get county benefits plus a small stipend. Almost all of their compensation comes from fees for each service. All are elected to four-year terms.
NOT PICTUREDName: Steve HampeParty: RepublicanAge: 55Occupation: Retired patrol officer, Boulder City Police Department
Name: Mike PlottParty: Independent American PartyAge: 54Occupation: Internet sales program manager