Monday, March 18, 2013 | 2 a.m.
In response to Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak’s proposed ordinance to abolish the Las Vegas Township constable’s office, I have several concerns.
First, when a private organization has leadership issues, a change of leadership can and usually does solve most of the issues. For many years, the constable’s office has done an outstanding job of serving our community’s needs in numerous ways, without being cast in the negative spotlight or costing the taxpayers money.
Its services are essential for our organization and the community as a whole. Constables perform many duties, as well as serving many types of legal notices such as evictions, liens, garnishments, summons and subpoenas, just to name a few. Don’t forget the abandoned vehicles that would otherwise litter our neighborhoods, or the revenue generated by the “Fair Share” program.
Second, who would do all of the things that the constable’s office currently handles, at no expense to the taxpayer? Certainly the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is already stretched to the breaking point, so to add anything to its already overburdened workload would bring the process to a halt, not to mention increase already high response times to calls for service.
So, before we make any changes, perhaps we should consider what needs to be done with an elected official who cannot perform the job for which he was elected. (Steven Brooks comes to mind.)
The author is general manager of the Siegel Suites Tropicana.