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January 9, 1997

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f New Commission news Page 17 & 28 Town Mee00ng will be Big .... , " r , Page 7j Focus: IS most 00/00emspaper in 00N]e Count] Pahr.ump Valley Gazette Thursday, January 9, 1997 Senting all of Pahrump, Nye, Esmeralda, and Death Valley Vol. XIV No. "Nicholson demands $250 thousand Carver elected Chairman of Commission by Doug McMurdo Gaz, ne staff TONOPAH - In a move that couldn't have surprised anyone who xeads any newspaper in Nye County, Dick Carver has been elected Chairma' of the Nye County Board of Commissioners. The election was held in Tonopah on Monday, January 6,.at the first meeting of the new board. Carver announced he would be elected chairman over a month ago. The Round Mountain/Smoky Valley representative takes over the responsibilities previously held by Cameron McRae of Pahnanp for the past four years. The election was held first thing after the Pledge of Allegiance. Red Copass nominated McRae for another term. Nobody seconded the motion. Newly elected member Bob Revert nominated Carver and Bob Davis seconded. Revert stated Carver has been on the board for eight years and "it was time he took his turn." The vote passed 3-2. McRae and Copass voted against the measure. Carver congratulated McRae for his four years as chairman and asked him to help him out "ifI lose my temper." Carver also reiterated his position that the Nye County Commission is "the strongest board in the nation" and is stronger now with the addition of Revert and Davis. Carver also noted that with the addition of the two Bobs, three members of the commission were "raised in Nye County." Bob Revert was elected. Vice-Chairman by default. by Doug McMurdo Gazette staff TONOPAH - Rachel Nichoison has filed a claim against Nye County and the Nye County District Attorney's Office. The embattled Special Assistant to Nye County Manager Les Bradshaw has retained the legal counsel of Las Vegas attorney Peter AIpert. The commissioners accepted the claim at the first meeting of the year, Monday, January 6, held in Tonopah. Among other items, Nicho!son is requestingmonetary dam- ages in the amount of $250,000. As reported previously, Nicholson announced her intention to file the claim after the obsolete Nye County Personnel Advi- sory Board failed to convene due to obvious conflicts of interest and questions whether or not the board was duly constituted. Nicholso'n filed a charge of discrimination with tte Nevada Equal Rights Commission on October 25, 1996. The basis of the claim was "the discriminatory and retaliatory conduct" of Nye County D.A. Bob Beckett. Beckett terminated Nicholson without cause on September 11, 1996. One week later, the commissioners "transferred" Nicholson to Administration retroactive to her date of termina- tion. Further, there was no break in salary, benefits, or longev- ity. Additionally, it is unknown how Nicholson could file a wrongful termination claim. Beckett's original termination documents were altered by unknown county officials to reflect that Nicholson was not terminated, but transferred in a newly created position as Bradshaw's special assistant. The job pays $100,000 per year in salary and benefits. Nicholson alleges that through Beckett's "precipitous and illegal actions, she has been wrongfully terminated, defamed in the press, ridiculed in the community, had her integrity ques- tioned and otherwise has been treated in such a manner that would indeed shock the conscience of any fair-minded per- son." As for therelief, Nicholson wants compensation in the amount of $250,000, that her employment file reflect that she was not terminated and accepted a voluntary transfer to Administra- tion, and that a public statement be made rescinding her termination and that she has never been disbarred from practic- ing law in any state (The Pahrump Valley Gazette has made numerous "public" statements regard! ng the fact Nicholson has never been disbarred). This claim puts Nye County on notice to settle with Nicholson or she will file a formal lawsuit and "use all legal channels" available to her. It is unknown ifNicholson will retain her employment with the county. There has been unofficial comments which suggest the settlement would he acceptable if, and only if, Nichoison leaves the employ of Nye County. Two commissioners, Beckett, Bradshaw, Nicholson, and insurance pool counsel will discuss whether or not a settlement can he reached. After four months, there are still more questions than answers in this matter.