Democratic Official Accused Of Murdering Journalist Will Keep Salary

A Las Vegas area Democratic official accused of murdering a journalist will keep his office and continue to draw paychecks while in jail.

Clark County Public Administrator Robert Telles is charged in the stabbing death of Las Vegas Review-Journal investigative reporter Jeff German outside the journalist’s home. German was found dead Sept. 3.

Clark County Commissioner Tick Segerblom revealed that Telles, who was denied bail, is still an elected public official and will keep getting paid. Voters may choose to recall him, but it will take 100,000 signatures to get the initiative going forward.

Segerblom said that Telles’ work will be taken from him, in all likelihood, but he will keep the title and the $130,000 salary.

County officials say they have already barred Telles from all Clark County facilities. In a statement, the county said the Public Administrator is an elected position and it is reviewing what it is allowed to do under the law.

Telles’ position is in charge of securing the property of deceased individuals while relatives or an executor is located. It is also in charge of handling the estate of a deceased person when the family of the person cannot.

German was a political reporter who dealt with corruption and government misdeeds for several years. He was fatally stabbed outside of his residence on Sept. 2, and his body was found the next day.

Telles reportedly was upset that German was digging into suspicious activities he had allegedly done. The reporter had previously written about an alleged affair between the suspect and a female office employee. Both denied the allegation.

The Public Administrator was on record on social media as being a gun control advocate. He tweeted that “reasonable gun control should not be a debate.”

It is not a stretch to imagine the media outcry if a conservative Republican stood accused of murdering a journalist who was digging up dirt on his activities. As for his salary, the recall process should be a quick one.