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North Las Vegas City Hall Shake Up

The city of North Las Vegas confirms City Manager Gregory Rose is on paid leave. The move comes after an I-Team investigation of taxpayer money meant to employ more police officers.

At Rose's direction, the city fell some 50 officers short of their hiring goals.

Officially, representatives for the city will only confirm Rose has taken 30 days of paid executive leave effective immediately. Unofficially, sources say Rose will likely not return. The announcement is the result of on-going negotiations for his departure.

If Rose is fired, he stands to collect a year's salary in severance plus hundreds of hours of accrued sick and vacation leave.

A recent I-Team investigation raised questions about the city's use of sales tax money earmarked for the hiring of new police officers.

The More Cops sales tax initiative added $32 million to city coffers. Yet under Rose's direction, the city has only hired 46 new officers under the fund.

The I-Team also revealed Rose ordered the transfer of 32 police officers already on the payroll into the More Cops fund instead of hiring additional officers.

Despite the resulting criticism, Rose insists he followed the letter of the law.

Reached by phone late Wednesday, Rose declined to discuss his leave but said it is not related to the More Cops issue.

More than a week ago, Mayor Shari Buck said the city planned to initiate an audit of the More Cops fund. Late Wednesday the I-Team obtained that contract signed by now-interim city manager Maryann Ustick.

Sources say some city leaders have concerns about the agreement and any link it may have to Rose. Contracts under $50,000 do not require city council approval. This contract does not define a spending limit.