UPDATE 2/3/2021: Nye County Commissioner Leo Blundo has been exonerated of all charges related to a complaint that alleged misconduct related to his votes on CARES Act funding. A statement from the county indicates that the Nevada Attorney General’s Office cleared Blundo on Jan. 27.

UPDATE 11/26/20 9:30 a.m.: According to the Nye County Sheriff’s Department, Commissioner Leo Blundo turned himself in to authorities Thursday morning.

On November 12, a complaint was filed, alleging Blundo was “inappropriately involved in decisions” that provided him a monetary gain.

Following an investigation, it was found Blundo voted on CARES Act policies that provided funding to the community for personal rent, business rent, business loss due to COVID-19 and PPE expenses due to COVID-19.

Between August 4 and November 16, Commissioner Blundo made decisions during five county commissioner meetings regarding the CARES funding and policies surrounding it. During this time, Commissioner Blundo received more than $10,000 in CARES funds to pay for his personal residence rent, and he had applied for funding for his business.

Commissioner Blundo did disclose he had a local business and was applying for this money, but during the same meeting, he voted to approve the funding anyway.

Blundo said during one county meeting that he had no “pecuniary gain” from the agenda item, but at that time, he had already received money personally from the funding and had several applications pending.

Blundo was arrested for the following charges:

  • Misconduct of public officer
  • Attempted misconduct of public officer
  • Unlawful commissions
  • Personal profit
  • Compensation by public officer


PAHRUMP, Nev. (KLAS) — The Nye County Sheriff’s Office has issued a declaration of arrest for Nye County Commissioner Leonardo “Leo” Blundo.

Officials say arrangements had been made with Blundo’s attorney for him to turn himself in at 5 p.m. Wednesday. He did not honor that agreement.

There is no word on why he is wanted by the Nye County Sheriff’s Office.

As of Wednesday night, Blundo has not made contact with the Nye County Sheriff’s Office.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call dispatch at (775) 751-7000. Confidential tips can be emailed to sheriff@co.nye.nv.us.