March 8, 2014
Elko County Undersheriff Bill Cunningham has
resigned amid allegations that he illegally purchased a used
vehicle at a sheriff's auction this summer and sold it for a profit
to a used car dealer.
Sheriff Neil Harris says Cunningham is facing allegations
brought by members of the Elko County Sheriff's Association,
including Lieutenant John Croswell, who announced his retirement
Croswell said the auction was operated by Shippy's Auction under
the direction of Cunningham. He alleged the county vehicle
Cunningham purchased was never called out as an item for sale
during the auction.
Once the allegations surfaced, Harris placed Cunningham on
administrative leave with pay. His resignation is effective
Cunningham, who is 49, was in law enforcement for 23 years and
was named undersheriff almost two years ago.