Judge rules against Constable Bonaventura - 8 News NOW

Judge rules against Constable Bonaventura

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LAS VEGAS -- A District Court judge has ruled that the lawsuit filed by Las Vegas Township Constable John Bonaventura against Clark County cannot go forward.

Bonaventura was trying to overturn a March 2013 decision by the Clark County Commission to abolish his office.

Lawyers for Bonaventura argued commissioners violated his rights, but Judge Rob Bare saw it differently.

"There were no predetermined finding that the sheriff should just take over, could take over. The office should be abolished,” Bare said.

The commission decided to get rid of the office citing a lot of the offices duties like serving legal paperwork and eviction notices could be done by Metro Police.

Bonaventura said that was a bad idea.


“The office has been abolished before, and it didn't work and that is why it's still here, but to abolish an elected office is just wrong,” Bonaventura said on Feb. 19, 2013. 

8 News Now reached out to Clark County Commission officials, but they declined to speak about the decision.

The constable is on vacation; however, a spokesperson said they will file an appeal and bring it to the Nevada Supreme Co
urt.

The plan is to turn the duties of the constables office over the Metro Police when Bonaventura’s term ends in 2015.
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