Storey County Sheriff Gerald Antinoro cleared of ethics violations

CARSON CITY, Nev. (KOLO) - Protesters carried signs in Carson City in opposition to Storey County Sheriff Gerald Antinoro as a precursor to Antinoro's case before the Nevada Ethics Commission Wednesday, August 21, 2019.

Protesters demonstrate against Storey County Sheriff Gerald Antinoro as the NV Ethics Commission considers two complaints against Antinoro.

One investigation involved a campaign violation complaint filed in May of 2018 by Kris Thompson. The charge alleges "Antinoro violated NRS 281A.400(2) and (7) when he wore the Storey County Sheriff’s Office uniform and/or badge in photos that appeared on campaign billboards and on Antinoro’s website and Facebook page during his campaign for re-election."

A second campaign violation complaint filed on behalf of Mike Cullen alleges that Antinoro improperly wore his Sheriff's uniform during three debates against Cullen and while on a campaign float during a Memorial Day parade in Virginia City.

After reviewing the two complaints, the Ethics Commission voted unanimously to dismiss the charges.

Antinoro has been Storey County Sheriff since 2011 and is serving his third term after winning re-election in 2018. There are no term limitations for the Storey County Sheriff's office, so Antinoro can run again when his current term expires.

Cullen believes he could have beaten Antinoro. He told KOLO 8 News Now, "Had it been an equal playing field I think I would have won."

Cullen also said he intends to win the Storey County Sheriff's office in the next election.

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