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I-Team: North Las Vegas Could Close Jail, Cut 100 Jobs

I-Team: North Las Vegas Could Close Jail, Cut 100 Jobs

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- 8 News Now has learned the North Las Vegas jail is only days away from a possible takeover by Metro Police that could result in up to 100 layoffs.

Sources tell the I-Team the city of North Las Vegas is working out a deal that would close its jail and move about 170 inmates to the Las Vegas jail. The potential move would be necessary because of a $33 million dollar budget shortfall in North Las Vegas.

Top Jobs Filled in North Las Vegas

Top Jobs Filled in North Las Vegas


Two top posts recently were filled in the city of North Las Vegas.

City officials this month confirmed Gerald Allan Zochowski for the finance director post and Alfonso Noyola to serve as administrative services director.

Zochowski has more than 30 years of experience in government operations, most recently having worked as finance director for the Village of Lake Zurich, Ill. In his career, he held numerous top-level finance positions, including budget manager for the Village of Glenview, Ill., parks and recreation business manager for the City of Yuma, Ariz., and director of finance and chief financial officer for the City of Chicago’s Department of Sewers.

Buck Recall Efforts Falls Flat

Buck Recall Efforts Falls Flat


NORTH LAS VEGAS (AP) - Leaders of a drive to recall North Las Vegas Mayor Shari Buck say they're abandoning the effort because of a lack of signatures.

The Las Vegas Sun reports organizers are well short of the 2,466-signature requirement for their petition as Monday's deadline approaches.

Organizer Bob Borgersen says while he would be lucky to come up with 400 signatures, he believes the effort may bring change.

James Olive, vice chairman of the city's Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, and city residents Scott Sauer and Cherlynn Thomas on Sept. 6 filed a notice of intent to recall Buck.

They cited the mayor's decision to close city recreation centers and accused her of wasteful spending.

But Olive says he ended his support of the recall after the council kept the recreation centers open.

State Senator Lee Steps Out of Congressional Race


CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- State Sen. John Lee is bowing out of Nevada's congressional race for a newly created seat.

The Democrat from North Las Vegas on Monday said he will instead seek re-election to the state Senate. Lee's departure opens the way for Democratic Senate Majority Leader Steven Horsford, who also has announced his candidacy for Nevada's 4th Congressional District. Lee in a statement says he wants to avoid a bitter primary battle.

Republican state Sen. Barbara Cegavske has said she will seek the GOP nomination for that post.

Democrats have a 13 percentage point advantage in voter registration in the district that also includes a large swath of rural central Nevada where many voters are Republican.

Presidential Candidate Outlines Jobs Plan

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney brought his campaign to economically-troubled North Las Vegas Tuesday. He had one message for the gathered crowd: job creation.

Romney laid out his 59 policy proposals for job growth. The plan calls for cutting taxes, sanctioning China because of its currency policies, drilling for more oil, slashing federal spending and reducing regulations. He says on his first day in office, he will roll back regulations put in place by President Obama.

“So all those policies, all those regulations he put in place, I'm going to stop them in their tracks," said Romney.

Romney told the crowd at McCandless International Trucking that corporate tax rates need to be reduced by 25 percent.  Romney says that will inspire American businesses to invest in creating jobs here.

North Las Vegas Group Seeks Recall of City's Mayor

North Las Vegas Group Seeks Recall of City's Mayor

The fight over the North Las Vegas city budget is behind a recall effort announced Tuesday.

A group of North Las Vegas residents on Tuesday filed an intent to recall Mayor Shari Buck.

Read more in the Las Vegas Review Journal

New City Manager on His Way to North Las Vegas

New City Manager on His Way to North Las Vegas

North Las Vegas Mayor Shari Buck says the city manager of another southern Nevada city will be her city's new top administrator.

Buck issued a statement Wednesday saying Timothy Hacker has been recruited to take over next month for outgoing Acting City Manager Maryann Ustick. The North Las Vegas City Council is due to take action on Hacker's appointment Sept. 21.

The statement says Hacker has 22 years of in local government, most recently in Mesquite. The desert town of 20,000 residents is about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas.

North Las Vegas has more than 210,000 residents. It was among the fastest-growing cities in the nation last decade, but is struggling with a multimillion-dollar budget shortfall.

Ustick is leaving to become city manager of Destin, Fla.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.