LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Clark County officials released a statement that said it’s suspended Public Administrator Robert Telles’ access to all county offices and property following his arrest on a murder charge.
The county’s Public Administrator’s office, which Robert Telles was elected to oversee, remains closed Thursday and according to the county, employees are working from home.
“The safety of our county employees and the public is our top priority,” the news release states.
Telles is facing a murder charge in connection with the stabbing death of Las Vegas journalist Jeff German who had done a series of investigative stories for the Las Vegas Review-Journal on the turmoil in that particular office.
“When county management was made aware of the personnel issues at the public administrator’s office a couple of months ago, the decision was made to no longer have staff in the public administrator’s office report to Mr. Telles and this solution will be in place until the public elects a new Public Administrator in November,” according to the statement.
On Wednesday, employees were sent home when Las Vegas Metropolitan Police searched the office as well as Telles’ home prior to his arrest.
Office employees told 8 News Now that police searched the offices of Telles, the Public Administrator, and Assistant Public Administrator Rita Reid. Telles lost his re-election bid in the June primary to Reid. The winner of the general election will take over the office in Jan. 2023.
Reid’s husband told 8 News Now that his wife’s phone was confiscated during the search and police looked through emails and records.
The county statement said options going forward are being reviewed.
“The Public Administrator is an elected position and the County is reviewing its options under the law regarding Robert Telles’ current status as the Public Administrator.”
The office oversees the estates of people who die and have no family.