LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Clark County Public Administrator Robert Telles may be facing a murder charge in the killing of Las Vegas Review-Journal journalist Jeff German but he is still collecting a paycheck that is paid by taxpayers.

Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson wants to put a stop to that. He told the 8 News Now Investigators his office is filing a complaint to remove Telles from his office, which sets the process in motion.

The complaint, filed after Telles was arraigned in court on Tuesday, said that Telles “has failed to faithfully perform the duties of the Clark County Public Administrator” and “will be unable to faithfully perform the duties of his office through the expiration of his term on Dec. 31, 2022,” because he will remain behind bars.

Telles is an elected official and won the public administrator seat in the 2018 election. His four-year term ends in January 2023 because he lost his re-election bid in the June primary.

Telles, whose salary is $119,934 annually, blamed the stories written by German for his election loss. The stories focused on discord in the office under Telles’ leadership as well as a possible inappropriate relationship with a subordinate.

Clark County officials released this statement:

“In filing with the court at the direction of Clark County, District Attorney Steve Wolfson has set the process in motion. The next step would be for the court to take action and declare that Robert Telles has neglected to perform the official duties of the office and to remove him. Upon the Court’s order, Clark County would be able to formally appoint his replacement until voters elect a new Public Administrator this November.”

DAN KULIN, CLARK COUNTY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS & STRATEGY

The full complaint can be found here:

Telles’ next court appearance will be October 26, 2022.