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Commissioners Abolish Constable’s Office

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Las Vegas Constable John Bonaventura  (photo: LVMPD)

Las Vegas Constable John Bonaventura (photo: LVMPD)

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(LAS VEGAS, KXNT)–Clark County Commissioners have voted unanimously to abolish the office of Las Vegas Constable, capping a tumultuous fight in which Constable John Bonaventura claimed Commissioners were out to get him and were abolishing the office illegally.

The vote came a day after Bonaventura unsuccessfully sought an injunction in court to stop the process.

The Constable’s Office mainly serves legal papers such as evictions. Critics say its antiquated and inefficient and could be better handled by the Sheriff’s Office.

Bonaventura’s battle with Commissioners included a recent DUI and speeding arrest, which he alleged was a ‘setup’ by Commissioners seeking to bring him down. Prosecutors declined to pursue the speeding and drunk driving charges.

The judge who Monday declined to issue the injunction to stop Commissioners from voting Tuesday has set an April hearing date based on anything that would transpire regarding the Constable’s office. During the Commissioners meeting before the vote, questions were raised as to whether Commissioners met with Sheriff Doug Gillespie behind closed doors to discuss the Constable action.

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