Search Begins For Ombudspersons

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Clark County officials began their search for qualified applicants to serve as ombudspersons to represent the deceased’s family at an inquest of an officer involved death.

An ordinance adopted by the Clark County Commission on Dec. 7 revised the coroner’s inquest process and established an Inquest Ombudsperson Group to use as a pool of potential representatives. The officer presiding over the inquest would appoint an ombudsperson from the group to be involved in pre-inquest conferences and ask questions on behalf of the deceased’s family and the public during an inquest.

The County Manager’s Office is responsible for submitting a list of recommended attorneys to the County Commission for appointment to the group to serve for the 2011 calendar year. Eligible appointees must have practiced law as a licensed attorney in Nevada for 10 years or more and agree to a set of requirements to avoid any potential conflict of interests.

Pay for an ombudsperson has been set at $300 per day for pre-inquest conferences and $1,000 per day for the inquest proceeding itself with the total payment not to exceed $5,000 per inquest.

Applications will be accepted at the Office of Appointed Counsel (OAC) in the County Manager’s office through February 4, 2011.

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