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Vegas constable faces critics over fate of office

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The Las Vegas constable came face-to-face with his biggest critics and said he's not going down without a fight. John Bonaventura who's facing a DUI charge, has accused county leaders of conspiring to throw him out of office. On Tuesday, Clark County commissioners met to discuss the future of his office.

"The actions of this constable I cannot support," said Capt. Jeff Hammack of the Las Vegas Constable's Office. "But I can support this office. I think it provides a very important service for the citizens of Clark County."

Hammack can't defend his boss but said the citizens of Las Vegas need the constable's office to stay in business.

"These guys are professional," said Hammack. "They do it every day and they're doing a very difficult job. When you go with a court order to evict people out of their homes and remove them, after 28 years in law enforcement, I realize I think they hate constable's office than police officers."

Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani has been leading the effort to streamline county government. She said an ordinance that would close the constable's office is strictly business.

"Maybe these functions are now overlapping," said Giunchigliani. "Maybe these are redundant. Maybe we aren't doing the best business for the constituents and maybe in the long run there's a better way to do business."

Giunchigliani said Bonaventura's actions leave him with little room to defend his office and six-figure salary.

"I think it's helped give reason and pause for my colleagues and myself and the community to say maybe we need to do business differently," said Giunchigliani.

Bonaventura has already claimed his critics have a personal agenda referring to his DUI arrest.

"That was a sham deal," said Bonaventura. "It was a sham arrest. The results are in so they can look that up and I was under the limit."

The Nevada Highway Patrol plans to release Bonaventura's arrest report in the coming days. The constable said the results of his breathalyzer will prove he was not drunk.

A public hearing for the ordinance is set for March 19. If the commission votes to abolish the constable's office, it will take effect in two years after Bonaventura's term is up.

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