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Restraining order to act on constable's office denied

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Constable John Bonaventura was flanked by colleagues as he appealed to the Clark County Board of Commissioners on Feb. 19, 2013. (Azenith Smith/FOX5) Constable John Bonaventura was flanked by colleagues as he appealed to the Clark County Board of Commissioners on Feb. 19, 2013. (Azenith Smith/FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

A judge denied a temporary restraining order that would have kept the Clark County Board of Commissioners from acting on whether to eliminate the Las Vegas Constable's office.

The request, which was filed last week, was made by Constable John Bonaventura but was denied inside a Las Vegas courtroom on Monday.

Clark County District Judge Rob Bare ruled against Bonaventura because he said elected officials should be allowed to review how public services are performed.

If the county commissioners decide to vote in favor of eliminating the constable's office, services like property liens and evictions would be handled by the Metropolitan Police Department. Any changes would go into effect until January 2014.

Upon the ruling, the judge advised Bonaventura to attend Tuesday's Board of Commissioners meeting.

The constable's office has been the subject of budgetary cuts by the county. Bonaventura himself was also facing criticism following a drunk driving arrest charge, which was later dropped by the Clark County district attorney.

Stay tuned to FOX5 for the latest on this developing story.

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