An elected official who allegedly murdered an investigative reporter in Las Vegas will stay in office for months and still get paid while he is in prison.
Clark County Public Administrator Robert Telles was denied bail last week after being charged in the stabbing death of Jeff German, a journalist with the Las Vegas Review-Journal who investigated Telle’s alleged misconduct in office.
But while he waits behind bars, a district manager said Telles will continue to be paid.
“Right now, he’s still an elected officer and getting paid while he’s in prison,” Clark County Commissioner Tick Segerblom told WSAV on Friday.
Segerblom said voters had an opportunity to recall Telles, who lost a Democratic primary in June. But 100,000 signatures are needed to advance the ballot initiative.
There is also a possibility that Telles will resign.
“We can take away the scope of work from him, but as far as he has the title and gets the salary, that’s because the voters elected him,” Segerblom told the TV station.
Telles is reportedly paid $130,000 annually.
County officials have said they have already taken some action against Telles, including barring him from any Clark County facility. The county also said it told its staff a few months ago not to contact it again, which will be until a new administrator takes office after November’s election, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.
“Public administrator is an elected position and the county is evaluating its options under the law regarding Robert Telles’ current status as public administrator,” the county said Thursday.
The public steward is securing the deceased’s property while family members or an executor are found, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. The office also manages a deceased person’s estate when families cannot, the newspaper said.
German, who has reported on political corruption and government misconduct for decades, was fatally stabbed by Telles during a confrontation outside his home on Sept. 2, Las Vegas police allege. His body was found a day later.
A Las Vegas police captain said Telles, 45, was upset to learn the 69-year-old German was investigating other alleged misdeeds by the Democrat that led to the killing.
German had previously reported an alleged affair between Telles and a worker at his office, but both denied it, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.
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