Authorities are seeking to remove from office an elected — and now imprisoned — administrator accused of killing Las Vegas investigative journalist Jeff German, officials said Tuesday.
Clark County Public Administrator Robert Telles, whose office deals with the affairs of people who have died without a clear heir or estate plans, “neglected to perform” his duties, according to a statement from the county.
Telles was arrested on September 7 and jailed on suspicion of murder in connection with the murder of German a few days earlier.
Although he is in prison, Telles is still the head of the agency, although his name could not be found on the office’s website as of Tuesday. He was still listed on the Clark County website on an elected officials page.
His 2020 salary was over $119,000.
“Clark County has taken the first step by asking the court to remove Robert Telles from his duties as a public administrator,” the county said in the statement. “By filing with the court at the direction of Clark County, District Attorney Steve Wolfson has set the process in motion.”
The statement continued, “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 remove him. Upon court order, Clark County may formally appoint his replacement. until voters elect a new public administrator in November.
Even without his arrest and now potential impeachment, Telles was already set to leave next year.
Telles lost a close race for his position in June, when he was ousted in the Democratic primary. He received 35,279 votes, or 32.4%, finishing just behind one of his best assistants, Rita Reid, who obtained 37,401 votes, or 34.3%.
German, 69, had written about alleged bullying and patronage in Telles’ office and the politician was angry that the reporter was pursuing yet other stories of possible wrongdoing, police said.
A lawyer for Telles could not immediately be reached for comment on Tuesday.
Lisa Torres contributed.