Nevada Ethics Chief: Cuts Could Erode Public Confidence

The executive director of the Nevada Commission on Ethics says proposed budget cuts by Gov. Brian Sandoval could hurt public confidence in elected officials.

Caren Jenkins told the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday that her office, with a staff of five, has seen a 45 percent increase in workload.

The governor's recommendation would cut state general fund spending for the agency by 26 percent.

But reimbursements from counties would increase to reflect the proportionate caseload involving investigations of local government
officials over state officials.

Jenkins made a pitch for extra money to hire an additional lawyer and investigator.

The agency currently has one investigator to handle a projected 140 cases this year.


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